A 17-year-old student from Nalanda College, Colombo who had carried out a research on Ceylon Tea has detected an extremely high concentration of a chemical named Katekin in the product, which acts as a strong cancer prevention agent, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
The spokesman said according to the findings of the research, a person who drinks around eight cups of Ceylon Tea a day lowers his or her cancer risk significantly.
He will present his research findings to a scientific panel and to Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena today. The Medical Research Institute (MRI) will conduct a Nano Test on the findings of this research to obtain an in depth understanding into the new discovery. This research will assist in securing an excellent demand for Sri Lankan tea in the world market.
"It is President Mahinda Rajapaksa who granted Rs. 3,000 million last year to promote medical research in Sri Lanka for the first time in the country. The request for funding was made by Minister Sirisena," the spokesman added.