bonescwa wrote:But what the hell is any cell going to do with this giant conjugated organic molecule? I don't know. This sounds so much like wishful thinking to me. It's like the powers that be want fish oil or tea or coenzyme q10 to be a good thing and overnight all these studies crop up saying it's good for everything from autism to celiac disease to kidney stones.
Uhhh....there's lots of uses for giant conjugated organic molecules in general...some of them are vitamins, others hormones...ect...
And "the powers that be" don't get to write whatever they feel like and get it through peer review and into academic papers. There's real cell biology and physiology work behind this, and it didn't happen over night, there's at least 10 years of research.
As for what this specific big conjugated organic molecule does? I posted this earlier http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/13/228
it is open access so you can read it
It prevents mitochondria mediated apoptosis of proximal tubule epithelial cells
It alters the expression of superoxide dismutase, cytochrome c, osteopontin, and cleaved caspase 3
It increases urinary excretion of oxalate
cites 4 other papers which support their conclusion that green tea catechin protects kidney epithelial cells from apoptosis triggered by the oxidative stress of excreting excess oxalate.
These researchers did real laboratory work with kidney cell cultures and kidneys in live lab animals to prove that the protective effects of green tea catechin are real, and worked the molecular mechanism of action. It's not wishful thinking, it's hard science.