Is drinking green tea as healthy for you as the media suggests? Yes, according to a report recently released by the American Journal of Epidemiology.
In fact, drinking five or more cups of green tea a day may cut the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer in half. That’s great news, because the American Cancer Society ranks prostate cancer as the second largest killer of men.
More than 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and nearly 30,000 die from this silent killer. Lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society claims more than 90,000 men a year.
So what in green tea staves off the risk of developing prostate cancer?
Green tea contains a large amount of polyphenols and flavonoids. The largest polyphenol found in green tea is called apigallocatechin gallate – an antioxidant. The antioxidants found in green tea scavenge free radicals or the damaging compounds that cause cell death. And while free radicals occur naturally, the antioxidants found in green tea have been found to neutralize them and prevent cell damage.
The research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology followed 404 men who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, of whom 114 had advanced cases. There were 271 localized cases and 19 undetermined cases. The research team noted results over a 14-year span – finding that at the end of the study, risks of having advanced prostate cancer were 50 percent lower for men who drank five or more cups of green tea a day, compared to those who had less than one cup.
While all tea contains measurable quantities of polyphenols and antioxidants, green tea contains far higher levels compared to ordinary black tea – approximately six times as many polyphenols per cup, according to the American Chemical Society. In fact, polyphenol found in green tea is more than 200 times more potent than Vitamin E and 500 times more potent than Vitamin C as an antioxidant.
The properties of green tea have been recognized for years now. At least two other studies have shown that an increase of green tea consumption has greatly reduced the risk of prostate cancer, while many studies over the years have found that green tea reduces the risks of ovarian, liver, pancreatic, stomach, colon, breast and lung cancer, as well as leukemia.
Whole Latte Love™ proudly carries 10 varieties of Té Teas. The South Pacific Green Tea features green tea leaves in nylon tea sachets. Pieces of pineapple and whole green tea leaves are all part of the fruity mix of flavors that make South Pacific Green Tea delicious as well as good for you.
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