Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Green Tea And Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is very scary thing and if you are a male over the age of 38 it should be on your radar. Prostate cancer is the most common form of non skin cancer in North America, it affects 1 in every 6 men. Age can be directly linked to the likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although only 1 in every 10,000 men under age of 40 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, this rate rapidly rises to 1 in every 38 men for the ages of 40 to 59, and again 1 in every 15 for ages of 60 to 69. In fact, greater than 65% of all prostate cancer is diagnosed in men above the age of 65.

Green Tea however can help reduce your risk of being one of the unlucky that find themselves diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here are a few quick notes from the National Cancer Institute’s fact sheet:

  • The antioxidants found in tea–called catechins–may selectively inhibit the growth of cancer.
  • In lab studies using animals, catechins scavenged oxidants before cell damage occurred, reduced the number and size of tumors, and inhibited the growth of cancer cells.
  • NCI researchers are investigating the therapeutic and preventive use of tea catechins against a variety of cancers.

Green Tea helps create a protective effect for advanced prostate cancer. This effect can be directly linked with the amount of green tea consumption, increasing intake is linked to reduced risk.

Enjoying 5 or more cups a day was associated with a 48% reduction in advanced prostate cancer risk, compared to drinking less than one cup per day. This almost halves your risk!

Here are some of the clincal studies and research that were performed to find out this priceless information:

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