Drink this when you eat citrus fruit to stop cancer
October 13, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 80
You probably know that eating citrus fruit is great for your health. These fruits contain loads of vitamin C and other healthful nutrients that can fight off a number of diseases. But can they fight off cancer?
That’s what a group of scientists from Ohsaki, Japan wanted to know. They recently conducted a study to see if eating citrus fruit, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit, can prevent cancer. What they found was surprising. They found that, yes, citrus fruits do prevent multiple cancers. But they prevent cancer even better if you drink a particular beverage with the fruits.
Back in 1994, these researchers began following over 42,000 men and women between the ages of 40 and 79. Using questionnaires, they evaluated how much citrus fruit each patient ate between the start date and 2003. During those seven-plus years, the researchers identified 3,398 cases of cancer.
The researchers found that the participants that ate citrus fruit three to four times per week reduced their risk of cancer by 11%. But they found that drinking green tea with the citrus fruit could reduce the risk even more. For men, the combination lowered cancer risk by 17%. For women, the benefit was slightly higher. The combination lowered their cancer risk by 18%.
What’s more, the combination works especially well for pancreatic and prostate cancers. When the researchers took a deeper look at the results, they noticed the combination reduced pancreatic cancer risk by 38% in both men and women. For men, it reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 37%.
These are highly significant results. But the study gets even more interesting. We’ve known for years that green tea fights cancer. So these researchers wanted to know if eating citrus fruit along with green tea was more effective than the green tea alone. The Ohsaki study discovered that people who drink green tea could indeed reduce their cancer risk if they eat citrus fruit along with the tea.
That means the combination works better than either the tea or the fruit can work by themselves!
Why does the combination work better? The researchers didn’t have an answer. But it probably has to do with the absorption of green tea’s polyphenols. Research has shown that these plant compounds are highly effective at fighting cancer. But they’re also highly unstable in the gut, which means they’re not as bioavailable for absorption. Researchers at Purdue University showed the citrus juice stabilizes the polyphenols and makes them more readily absorbable. In fact, citrus juice increased polyphenol absorption by 280%. It’s also possible the acidic nature of citrus juice helps break down the green tea better, making it easier to digest.
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All of this makes citrus fruit and green tea an amazingly powerful cancer preventive combination. If you’re not a big fan of green tea, you can simply take Green Tea Extract and wash it down with some organic orange juice.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.