Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Relationship between Cancer and Green Tea

Do you know that drinking green tea can prevent you from cancer disease? There are many interest about green tea has arisen in the Western medical community, which is means that the subject matter is no longer only being examined by the Eastern medical community. Real green tea contains high levels of plant polyphenols that many scientists believe fight illness. Green tea has been found to contain high levels of Epigallocatechin Gallate, or EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant.

In normal, human bodies produce unstable molecules called oxidants, or free radicals, which can cause tissue damage and cancer. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is a flavonoid that has been shown to destroy cancerous tissues in vitro (in a test tube) and in animals. Nowadays, medical authorities are reluctant to connect tea directly with the healing of cancer because definitive studies take time, and only long-term results will allow the researchers to understand specific benefits.

On the other hand, Chinese people have believed in the health benefits of green tea for thousands of years. Chinese doctors often prescribe herbs, roots, or flowers for healing specific ailments. These plants are readily available in many pharmacies in China, and are more common than pills as remedies.

Related Sources:
Beverage: The History of Tea
Beverage: The Tea Plant
How Do Tea-Drinking Customs Differ Throughout The World?
Green Tea Extract to Boost Cancer-Fighting Enzymes

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