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Green Tea and Cancer

10/16/11 6:00 PM

It is estimated that one in six men living in Western countries will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, while many fewer Asian men will receive the dreaded news.  While the underlying risks of developing this cancer are basically the same (a significant portion of Asian men have prostate micro-tumors), certain lifestyle differences are thought to prevent the micro-tumors from maturing into cancer. Recent studies suggest that drinking green tea on a regular basis accounts, in part, for this disparity.

 

One double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found a marked decrease in the rates of advancing prostate cancers.  EGCG, a polyphenol found in green tea, has the ability to inhibit the function of the androgen receptor - a protein frequently found in prostate cancer cells.  Some believe EGCG could prevent these tumors from progressing.

 

As more and more studies are being done, we will keep you posted.

0 Comments | Posted in Tea News By Brian M

The search for the fountain of youth has been timeless, and a study by London's Kingston University may show that Ponce de Lyon's quest wasn't in vain.  According to this study, if Ponce de Léon were alive today, he could have simply brewed a cup of  our Bai Mu Dan or Bai Hao Silver Needle!  White tea, the least processed of any tea, and therefore the closest to the true essence of the leaf, has been shown to contain high levels of anti-oxidants as well as anti-aging potential.  "Results showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing."  The study also suggests white tea may be beneficial in fighting inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.  Brew up a cup while you read the full article here.

 

Our thanks to Liat G for sharing this with us.

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A new study from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research "supports the idea that the antioxidants in tea may be beneficial against cancer in humans."  Dr. Christina Nagle, leader of this particular study, stated "results indicate that drinking more than four cups a day of black, green or herbal tea may reduce ovarian cancer risk by almost 30%.”  It was further noted that "drinking one or more cups green (emphasis added) tea per day may reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 40%.”  Read the article here.

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