Green Tea Helps With Cancer Treatment
by Jon M. Stout
insidious disease, but we stilldon’t appear to know a great deal about preventing many
types of cancer. And, even with the treatments that we do have, 300 people in the
United States die from cancer every single day.
Many of our country’s deaths from cancer are completely preventable. For example,
about 90 percent of the one million skin cancers in the United States that were
diagnosed in 2005 could have been prevented by protection from sun. The American
Cancer Society estimates that in 2006 about 170,000 lives will be lost to cancer
because of tobacco use, so these too are completely preventable.
However, there are many other cancers that we cannot prevent, in part because we
don’t know what causes them. But, there may be a product already in your cupboard
that can help prevent, or even treat, cancer. Over the past several years, medical
science has begun to scientifically prove out what Asian culture seems to have known
for years; tea, particularly green tea is effective in preserving health.
The Chinese have used green tea for centuries to treat everything from headaches to
depression. One of the most significant health benefits that green tea appears to
provide is prevention against certain types of cancer. But, the studies are getting even
more promising. It looks as though green tea can be an effective treatment for
certain types of cancer, too.
Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Therefore, what we refer to as “herb tea”
is not really tea at all, but rather an herbal infusion. There are many different types of
tea; most of the differences come from the way the tea is processed.
Tea leaves naturally contain catechins. Catechins belong to the flavan-3-ol class of
flavonoids. EGCG is one of the many catechins contained in tea, and is considered to
be the most powerful anti-oxidant in tea leaves.
Fermenting the tea leaves, which is part of processing tea leaves for black tea,
converts these catechins to other compounds and reduces their health benefits.
Therefore, green tea, because it is not fermented, retains more of its original anti-
oxidants than black tea. Scientists have discovered that tea is healthy primarily
because of these anti-oxidants.
Each day, as we convert the foods we eat into energy, we create free radicals in our
body. These free radicals are oxygen containing molecules that can damage our cells
and our DNA if we don’t combat them. It is believed that unchecked free radicals
contribute to the development of cancer.
Anti-oxidants are powerful free radical combatants. Fruits and vegetables are also high
in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are linked with preventing cancer, and a decreased risk
of stroke, heart disease and lower blood cholesterol.
In addition to these anti-oxidants, all teas, whether black, white or green contain
calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and K. Green tea is also appears to be
very good for your teeth.
As exciting as it is to think that green tea may be helpful in preventing cancer; what’s
even more exciting is that it may also be a powerful treatment for cancer. In one
recent study by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Shizuoka,
Japan*, research showed that green tea, when combined with the drug Adriamycin,
was more effective in treating a certain kind of ovarian sarcoma (cancer of the
ovaries) than using the adriamycin alone.
In fact, the cancer cells in the rats in the study were not very responsive at all to the
drug when it was administered alone; but when administered along with the substance
in tea called theanine, the rats became extremely responsive to the treatment. The
rats showed a much higher concentration of the drug in their cancer cells when the
drug was administered along with the theanine.
This combination of andriamycin and theanine appears to inhibit the growth of
tumors; suggesting that cancer patients might be able to avoid progression of their
tumors and might be less susceptible to developing new tumors, when green tea
substances are used in conjunction with cancer drugs.
This is, of course, very exciting news. Cancer treatment typically has two facets. The
first is killing the cancerous cells that already exist in the body. The second is
preventing new cancer cells from growing, both in the organ where the cancer
originated, and in other organs (metastasis).
If green tea can help with both aspects of cancer treatment, as well as preventing
cancer in the first place, we may be closer than ever to dramatically reducing the
incidence of or even eradicating this disease. Of course, far more research is needed,
but these results are promising, indeed.
About The Author
Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea
carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and
handcrafted with extreme care. At their website, you can learn more about their
current tea offerings, including their exceptional green tea, white tea, black tea, oolong
tea (also known as wu-long and wu long tea) and chai.
Visit for all details concerning the Golden Moon Tea
Company's fine line of teas.
One of the biggest health
concerns most people have
today is preventing cancer.
Incidences of cancer and in the
cancer mortality rate in the
United States have risen each
year for the last fifty. The
age-adjusted cancer mortality
rate in 1930 was 143 per
100,000 members of the
population, but by 1990, it had
risen to 174 per 100,000 in
Medical technology has come a
long way in treating this
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