Sunday, July 12, 2015

Green Tea and Cancer

Green tea is very popular in alternative medicine circles. It is one of the most studied substances in the world of health beverages. Green tea has long been seen in the role of cancer prevention and in some cases a cancer treatment. An article in Medical News Today discusses a study that reveals how EGCG, a component of green tea, can disrupt the metabolism of cancer cells in pancreatic cancer. The researchers see green tea as a new approach to studying cancer prevention. 

In actuality, claims for the use of green tea for cancer prevention have been around for many years and many studies have been done on this topic. According to the National Cancer Institute the following substances in green tea, EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC, are polyphenols that have antioxidant activity that inhibit tumor cells from multiplying and induce cell death in lab and animal studies.  

The American Association for Cancer Research produced research findings in 2012 that show how green tea may work to prevent or slow down prostate and breast cancers. There is also some recent findings from Penn State University that link green tea with targeting oral cancer cells. 

While all this research looks promising, and certainly 2 cups of green tea a day probably will not hurt you, be sure to consult your doctor before using green tea for a cancer treatment. You may be able to use it as an adjunct along with your cancer treatment, but do consult your oncologist first.

Be sure to check out my new website at  I also have a page on facebook, it is called Ten Healthy Teas.

My new book Ten Spices for Health and Longevity is now published and available on It is an ebook. If it does well, I will later come out with a paperback version.

Valerie Lull
Ten Spices for Health and Longevity
Ten Healthy Teas

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