Cancer is the top killer of people in several countries across the world.
Hence, it is not that surprising to find out that medical experts are seeking new alternative ways in a collective attempt to fight cancer.
The study of alternative cancer-fighting methods often starts by studying
the cultures of specific countries in an attempt to find out whether diet or other cultural habits could help solve the puzzle of curing this scary disorder.
Green Tea In the Cultures
The fact that green tea has been a staple in the Japanese diet for ages and it’s not a surprise that medical experts are now focusing on its healing properties.
Over the past few years, medical experts and researchers have shifted their attention to the concept that drinking tea may be used potential cancer treatment.
Green tea is specifically regarded as a tea with specific substances which make it a potent cancer fighter.
Examining Green Tea’s Action
In order to tackle this matter more deeply, scientists Kazue Imai, Kei Nakachi, Kenji Suga of the Saitama Cancer Center Research Institute, in Japan’s Saitama, proceeded to study the effects of green tea consumption among the Japanese people.
In their report “Cancer-preventive effects of Drinking Tea Among a Japanese Population” published in the Preventive Medicine journal, the research group examined the healing properties of green tea extensively.
When the researchers started their study, several other studies have suggested that the key compound of green tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) had anti-tumour properties.
However, there weren’t enough findings to indicate that EGCG could stop cancer in humans.
While a few studies on human subjects have been carried out, the findings were not that clear or conclusive.
The Japanese research group firmly believed that is was totally necessary to carry out an extensive study in an Asian population, based on the fact that tea drinking is popular in Asia.
Finally, these Japanese researchers noticed that the subjects who drank Green teat had a lowered risk to develop cancer.
This was especially true in the case of females who drunk more than 10 cups of Green tea every day.
A Natural Cancer Fighting Weapon
The cancer figures were low among males and females who drunk large quantities of Green tea.
Additionally, in a study with 384 cancer sufferers, it was found that a large consumption of green tea was associated with slower development of cancer.
Again this incident was particularly noticed among females who drunk more than 10 cups of green tea every day.
The average retardation for the development of cancer was 4 years of a better quality of life for the study’s participants.
To a Western person, consuming as many as 10 cups of green tea per day may seem bizarre especially for folks who struggle to drink 8 glasses of water daily.
It should be pointed out that the subjects were approx. consuming 150ml of green eat/cup on average.
That would be equal to 300- 400 mg of EGCG which is a healthy level, by any means.
More Potent Than Initially Thought
It is clear by now that Green teat is far more potent in battling cancer than medical experts initially assumed.
For example, scientists recently found out that Green tea’s special chemical structure allows it to fight one of the main cancer-triggering substances found in tobacco.
These ground-shaking findings were published in a journal by the American Chemical Society.
In this trial, researchers explored the action of two green tea compounds, EGCG and epigallocatechin (EGC).
These compounds are similar in consistency to cancer-fighting compounds found in grapes, red wine, cabbage, and broccoli.
The research group found out that both EGC EGCG can counteract the molecule that activates the genes that harm the body and ultimately lead to the onset of cancer.
Still, it’s not yet clear whether the findings in the clinical trials could apply in a typical home environment since the efficiency of drinking green tea varies based on how the drink is utilized by the human system.
Additionally, there are significant differences between green tea forms so an extra study is needed to confirm the tea’s efficiency in stopping potentially damaging molecular functions.
The Need For More Evidence
Based on data showcased in the trial performed by researchers Imai, Suga, and Nakachi, there is little doubt that their study suggests that drinking green tea can help prevent cancer.
However, extra research is definitely necessary in order to identify which body organs could benefit from the consumption of green tea.
- The question is, will consuming green tea help battle stomach cancer? Colon cancer?
- Or even breast cancer?
Nobody can answer with certainty at this point.
However, existing lab trials have shown that EGCG can penetrate body organs in an attempt to attack cancer.
The existing studies on cancer prevention with green tea are remarkably promising.
To start with, green tea is a staple in many people’s diet, and therefore drinking the tea does not necessarily call for a dramatic lifestyle change.
If people drink tea habitually already, it wouldn’t seem bizarre to just drink more cups, for the purpose of fighting cancer.
A Side-effect Free Solution
Some remedies to stop cancer may appear to be promising, but their negative side effects that come with these may counteract their positive impact.
Still, there are no harmful side effects associated with green tea, indicating that this cancer-fighting approach is encouraging indeed.
Furthermore, green tea seems to be a potent weapon for cancer prevention.
If the tea’s healing effects were not enough, the research interest regarding its anti-cancer benefits would be lower.
However, the large connection between green tea and cancer protection shown by the study indicated that there is a solid reason for people to incorporate green tea in their daily diets.
Impact Beyond Asia
Some may assume that green tea consumption stops cancer among Asian people, but medical experts support that this would be a wrong assumption.
It’s highly probable that if people in Western countries also added green tea in their daily diets, they would also benefit from its healing properties.
With so many groceries and convenience shops around that stock green tea, it won’t take long before green tea consumption becomes a staple in the Western world as well.