This month I like to highlight the anticancer properties of green tea.
I came across this book by Dr David Servan-Schreiber when I was researching into cancer cures. In the last two years, I have a number of friends and families who have been diagnosed with cancer, including my mother. According to a WHO report in 2014, "Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent "human disaster" that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat."
It attributes the cause of cancer to three factors: Diet, tobacco (smoking) and a sedentary lifestyle.
I was very pleased when I discovered in Dr Servan-Schreiber's book, a recommended list of food as part of his "anticancer diet", each of them containing powerful anticancer qualities. The first item on his list is green tea, and he states his findings below.
Concerning green tea, we can for example look at two studies. In one, Japanese women already diagnosed with breast cancer, whose disease was still at an early stage (non-metastasized) and who consumed at least three cups of green tea a day, had 57% fewer relapses than women who drank one cup or less per day (Inoue et al., 2001). Another Japanese study, Japan being the country where studying consumption of green tea is easiest, showed that men with prostate cancer notably benefited from the consumption of FIVE or more cups of tea a day. This reduced by 50% the risk that their prostate cancer would progress to an advanced stage. (Kurahashi et al., 2007)
According to Dr Servan-Schreiber, green tea is rich in polyphenols, including catechins, which reduces the growth of the new vessels needed for tumour growth and metastases. It is also a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier and it facilitates the death of cancer cells by apoptosis.
If you like to read more of Dr Servan-Schreiber's research and experience, including his own episode with brain tumour, you can find them here at www.anticancer.com. If you like to know more about green tea, you can visit my page why High Mountain Tea.
I hope that 2015 will be the start of a new way of life for everyone, be it in terms of our diet or lifestyle. Instead of relying on medication, we can take charge of our health from the simple, everyday things we do, starting with what we breathe and what we eat. By making the right choices at the source, the end destination will take care of itself.
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