Green Tea: The Answer to Cancer?

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Green Tea

Green tea has been consumed for centuries in the Far East, not only as a beverage to be enjoyed, but as a healing food with many remarkable properties. In recent years, research has shown that the Chinese, Japanese and others who held green tea in renown were onto something. It turns out that green tea can effective in preventing and treating many health conditions, including cancer.


What Makes Green Tea Different?


Green tea comes from the same kind of tea leaf, Camellia Sinensis. as other kinds of tea, such as black and oolong. Unlike these other kinds of tea, however, green tea is produced using a special steaming process that prevents oxidation. Unlike black tea, green tea is not fermented. It also contains less caffeine. While all teas have been shown to have health-giving benefits, many people believe green tea is best because it is the least processed.


How Can Green Tea Protect You From Cancer?

Green tea contains many healthy vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is a particular kind of antioxidant, known as catechins, that provide the most impressive health benefits. One of these catechins in particular, known as EGCG (or epigallocatechin-3-gallate –you can see why it’s been shortened!) has shown promise in preventing or even treating many types of cancer. EGCG also has quite a few other benefits. It helps the body burn fat more efficiently, and it helps to lower cholesterol, especially “bad” cholesterol.


Types of Cancer Green Tea May Be Effective Against

Green tea has shown promise in preventing several types of cancer, including cancers of the stomach, breast, ovarian, colon and esophagus. One study showed that women who drank as little as one cup of green tea daily cut their risk of ovarian cancer by more than half. In China, another study showed that men who drank green tea reduced their risk of getting esophageal cancer by almost 60%. These are striking numbers.


Why Not Drink Green Tea?

When it comes to proving specific health benefits, more studies still need to be done. There are fairly strict rules, set by governing bodies such as the FDA, that do not allow people to make bold statements such as, “Product X cures cancer.” However, we can say that green tea looks extremely promising in being effective for many health concerns. There are many good reasons to either drink it as a tea or take it another form, such as extract. Considering that it’s a healthy, tasty beverage that isn’t very expensive, it’s hard to think of a reason not to drink green tea!  



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