As health conscious as you are, avoiding cancer is probably one of your biggest priorities. If you're drinking tea as a means to do so, there's one tea that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest in its cancer-fighting abilities. And the evidence is overwhelming.
Study after study has shown that all of the teas — black, white, green, red, and oolong — have anti-cancer properties. But most of these studies show that green tea is by far the best for preventing cancer. In fact, one new study has, for the first time, shown that green tea can prevent colon cancer in humans. And its activity was much more potent than calcium, s-carotene, and vitamins C and E.
In this study, researchers at Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea gave green tea extract pills or a placebo to 180 patients. Each of the participants had benign growths (polyps) previously removed. So their risk for cancer was higher than normal. The researchers wanted to see if the green tea extract could prevent the polyps from recurring.
They found that the green tea was as effective as a previous study out of Japan. In that study, researchers found that those who didn't drink green tea had a 31% risk of recurrence. While those taking the green saw their risk cut by more than half at 15%.
The researchers said, "We think that green tea beverage is worthwhile to be tested for its cancer preventive activity in human trials because clinical application of chemopreventive agents requires extreme safety and effectiveness as green tea."
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So why is green tea so much healthier than other teas? It has to do with oxidation. As you may know, oxidation is the process that turns iron to rust. When it happens in your body, it damages your cells and causes all sorts of illnesses, including cancer, eye problems, mental decline, and heart problems. Most teas are dried before packaging. The drying process allows oxidation to occur in the leaves. So these aren't as healthy.
To create green tea, the harvesters take the newly plucked leaves and heat them in a pan or over steam. The slow heating process immediately stops the oxidation process. The leaves never wither or experience oxidation.
They're plucked immediately then heated in a pan or over steam, a process that instantly halts the health-damaging oxidation process. As a result, green tea is considered to be a drink that exists in its purest form.
Green tea is a fabulous beverage that has a host of significant health benefits. The study didn't just prove that green tea can prevent colon cancer, it showed that a green tea extract is as effective as drinking the tea. So you have your choice. You can either drink green tea every day to help prevent colon cancer (along with a diet high in fiber). Or you can take Green Tea Extract, which is more palatable for some people who don't like the flavor of green tea.
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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.