Can Tea Help in Fighting Cancer?
People from all over the world are joining hands to celebrate World Cancer Day to spread awareness about cancer and overcoming its potent effects. A refreshing cup of tea is one of life’s many pleasures – a tonic with powerful restorative properties that could guard against cancer.
Due to its naturally vast reserves of polyphenols, scientists believe that tea may contribute to the anti-cancer activity. The medicinal properties of tea are linked to a family of phenolic compounds called catechins, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). An average cup of green tea contains as much as ten times the EGCG content found in coffee. EGCG is crucial because it has been shown to have potent pharmacological effects on tumors and cultured cancer cells.
One 2014 study led by Dr. Wai-Nan Lee explored the effect of EGCG on pancreatic cancer. EGCG mitigated the expression of a critical enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA). This study demonstrates the use of molecular mechanisms, which many scientists believe is crucial in treating cancer.
Many studies have suggested that drinking green tea could fight various types of cancer. For example, one study published in 2012 found that green tea lowers the risk of cancer in the digestive system. Another study found that delivering EGCG directly to tumors made them disappear within a month in a controlled experiment.
Overall, studies have found green tea to affect the following types of cancer:
Does this mean cancer patients should rely entirely on green tea for cancer treatment?
The answer is NO. The overwhelming research and data have identified green tea’s role in fighting cancer. It is worth noting that no single food or beverage can prevent disease, it is the right combination of foods & medications that makes all the difference. The synergistic effects of green tea combined with other ‘anti-cancer’ foods are just about enough to lower one’s risk of cancer.
How to Drink Tea
You can choose from various types of teas based on your personal preferences, including green, white, oolong, and even regular black tea.
Make it a habit to drink green tea every day for it to play an effective role. This is easy if you do this habitually after waking up from sleep, before going to work, and while at work. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, try substituting at least one cup of coffee with tea. You can drink it hot or cold – both should do the trick.
Just make sure not to add anything extra to the tea, such as sugar or cream, because it may undo the benefits earned by the tea. Try getting used to plain tea with its natural flavors for effective results on your metabolism.
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