In recent years, scientists have given much attention to
natural and alternative therapies for preventing and
treating cancer. One of the most promising natural remedies
is green tea. In study after study, green tea has been
shown to prevent heart disease and several forms of
Green tea first gained notice because of the
significantly lower incidence of many serious illnesses in
the Asian culture. Asians consume large amounts of green
tea, and have a far lower risk of heart disease and many
forms of cancer. Consider, for example, the statistics on
lung cancer. Japanese men have a significantly lower risk
of both heart disease and lung cancer than American men,
even though 75% of them are smokers.
Asian cultures also have lower risks of breast cancer
and almost all forms of digestive system cancer. They are
less likely to suffer from diabetes and high blood
pressure, too. It's almost certain that their green tea
consumption has an effect on their health.
But, why is green tea such a health protector? Well, the
answer seems to be in its powerful anti-oxidants. Research
has proven that anti-oxidants are one of the most important
keys to preventing cancer and many other diseases.
Green tea, like other forms of tea, comes from the
Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea differs from black tea
because of its processing. Black tea is fermented during
processing; green tea is not. This difference is important
because the lack of fermentation leaves the tea's
anti-oxidants in their more natural state, which makes them
healthier and more protective.
Anti- oxidants are important because they combat free
radicals in our bodies. These free radicals are created
when converting the food we eat to energy. If they are not
kept in check, they damage our cells and DNA. This leads to
a higher risk of many diseases, including cancer, heart
disease and stroke.
Anti-oxidants seem to have a scavenging effect on
abnormal body cells, which scientists believe is the key to
them preventing cancer. The anti-oxidants may rid the body
of these rogue cells before they can develop into something
more dangerous, like cancer cells.
There have been dozens of studies linking green tea with
different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer,
gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and
esophageal cancer. However, until recently, there has not
been any evidence that green tea can prevent ovarian
However, one study reported by the UK Tea Council, over
60,000 Swedish women were examined and interviewed
regarding their dietary habits, including their consumption
of green tea. The women were between the ages of 40 and 76.
The study followed the women for over 15 years, and
concluded the following:
• The women who drank green tea on a regular basis were
far less likely to develop ovarian cancer
• The more tea a woman consumed, the lower her risk. In
fact, each additional cup of green tea per day above 2
decreased risk by an additional 18%
This is very promising news for women. Ovarian cancer is
the eighth most common cancer in women (not counting skin
cancer). It is the fifth most common cancer death in women.
It is estimated that about 20,000 new cases of ovarian
cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 15,000 women
will die this year from this form of cancer.
The rate of this cancer is reducing. The American Cancer
Society reports that the incidence of ovarian cancer has
gone down about 0.07 percent each year since 1985. Most
victims of this form of cancer are over the age of 55, and
it is slightly more common in Caucasian women than women of
If green tea can help reduce the incidence of ovarian
cancer, this is a simple way for women to protect their
health. Reproductive cancers can be particularly
frightening to women, and we are regularly looking for ways
to prevent them.
It's important for all women to eat a healthy diet and
get regular exercise. Both of these are very important to
preventing all kinds of disease. In addition, it's critical
to have regular gynecological care. Women who regularly
visit their gynecologist and get routine testing as often
as the doctor recommends are taking important steps in
protecting their reproductive health.
Many reproductive problems, including cervical and
ovarian cancer often do not show symptoms until they are
far advanced, when they are much more difficult to treat.
So, seeing your doctor regularly can help ensure that
problems are detected early on, when treatment is more
likely to be successful.
And, try some green tea. There's no downside to adding
green tea to your diet. It's healthy and delicious and has
no side effects. You can drink it hot or cold, and today
it's easy to find it in a variety of flavors.
In addition, green tea extract is available in tablet
form, so that you can get an even higher dose of green tea
each day. You certainly have nothing to lose by adding
green tea to your diet and you may be gaining a long