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Take Tea and See….Your Prostate Cancer Slow Down

August 10, 2010

Green tea may lower the risk of prostate cancer and slow the progress of tumors.  Research suggests a compound in the tea causes lower levels of a protein linked to prostate cancer.

A recent American study showed that men diagnosed with prostate cancer that hadn’t spread outside of the prostate gland were given six cups of green tea a day for three to six weeks before undergoing surgical removal of the prostate gland.  The other group or the control group received only hot water before their surgery to remove the prostate gland.

The researchers then examined the tissue that had been removed for levels of a compound known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate.

This compound was only found in the tea drinkers and not in the prostate glands of men drinking only the hot water. Blood tests also indicated the tea drinkers had lower levels of proteins connected to the growth and spread of prostate cancer. It is thought the compound, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, has an antioxidant effect, mopping up damaging free radicals.

Bottom Line:  If you have prostate cancer, you might consider placing green tea on your table as your beverage of choice.