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Green Tea’s Role In Cancer Prevention
Green tea has recently caught the attention of scientists working to discover ways to prevent and treat cancer. Researchers began looking at green tea because of the significantly lower rates of certain diseases in Asian culture, where green tea is widely consumed. Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, after water; so if we can harness health properties in this beverage, it could have huge impact on our health.
And, if we can determine exactly how green tea is effective in preventing cancer, we’ll be well on our way to eradicating one of the most serious killers in our society. There has been a large amount of research on the subject, and we have learned many things.
First, we know that green tea has some of the most powerful anti-oxidants, and we know that anti-oxidants are important to preventing many diseases, including cancer. Anti- oxidants are important because they combat free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals are created as our bodies convert food to energy. If they are not neutralized, they damage our cells and DNA, leading to disease and premature aging.
So, to prevent your risk of cancer, along with other diseases, doctors recommend a diet high in anti-oxidants. And, green tea is one of the best components of a disease preventing diet, because it is rich in anti-oxidants and is simple to add to our diets.
There have been many studies that link green tea with cancer prevention. One article available on the subject was published by the UK Tea Council. This article discusses the many ways that green tea may be helpful in preventing, and even treating, cancer. It also discusses the wide availability of green tea and green tea supplements This article leads to the conclusion that green tea is effective at preventing many forms of cancer.
It is truly amazing to read the research about green tea and cancer. It has been shown, in particular to have great significance in preventing cancers of the digestive system, for example.
It is believed that since the tea itself passes through the digestive tract, it minimizes inflammation in this area of the body. In addition, since this is where the anti-oxidants are absorbed, it is found to have a significant effect.
Green tea has also been found to be particularly effective in preventing, and even treating, breast cancer. In fact, one study reported that green tea, when administered along with chemotherapy, enhanced the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drugs. It was found that cancer cells showed a higher concentration of the drugs in patients who were given green tea as an adjunct therapy than in patients who received chemotherapy alone.
Other research has shown that green tea may also be effective when applied topically; preventing and treating skin cancer, for example.
Green tea has also been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease by helping to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) oxidizes and becomes the hard plaque that clogs our arteries, restricting blood flow.
When arterial flow is restricted, a heart attack or stroke can happen if a blood clot forms and further blocks the artery. Green tea prevents the oxidation of the cholesterol so that it cannot harden and stick to arterial walls.
In cultures where green tea is consumed, and incidence of cancer is significantly lower, it is consumed in fairly large quantities over a period of many years. Asians typically begin consuming green tea early in life, and drink several cups a day every day for their entire life. Green tea is even more prevalent in Asian life than coffee is in American life. There are even ceremonies centered on tea!
So, if you want to make the most of green tea’s cancer preventing properties, you should find a way to get a fairly large dose – and you should get your dosage each day. This is easier today than ever, because green tea has gained popularity and is more widely available than ever.
Green tea is often mixed with fruit flavors, as many people don’t particularly enjoy the grassy flavor of the plain tea. And, these flavored varieties are just as healthy. For a real health boost, try green tea flavored with blueberry or pomegranate, both of which are also very high in anti-oxidants.
Green tea has also become widely available already bottled for drinking chilled. This makes it very convenient to carry your green tea with you, so that you can drink it all day long, just like the Japanese!
If you still don’t think you can get enough green tea even with all the choices available, then green tea supplements might be for you. They’re available in capsule form, and you can just take them right along with your vitamins. They contain all the anti-oxidants of a cup of green tea, right in a little pill.
Whatever form you choose, make green tea a part of your regular life. It’s healthy and delicious and may prevent many diseases, too!
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