Green Tea May Slow Progression of Prostate Cancer

Study shows green tea “slows prostate cancer”…

Significant reduction in prostate cancer growth factors (HGF, VEGF and PSA) were shown in blood test results of 26 prostate cancer patients. The research was conducted at Louisiana State University Sciences Center in Shreveport by James A. Cardelli, Ph.D., (professor and director of basic and translational research in the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport) and associates and reported in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research.

  • HGF – Hepatocyte Growth Factor – fell 18.9%
  • VEGF – Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor – fell 9.9%
  • PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen – fell 10.4%

The patients each took 4 capsules of a green tea extract (active compound – EGCG {epigallocatechin gallate} – equal to drinking around 12 cups of naturally brewed green tea a day).

“There is reasonably good evidence that many cancers are preventable, and our studies using plant-derived substances support the idea that plant compounds found in a healthy diet can play a role in preventing cancer development and progression,” said Dr Cardelli.

Dr Cardelli also said “These studies are just the beginning and a lot of work remains to be done, however, we think that the use of tea polyphenols alone or in combination with other compounds currently used for cancer therapy should be explored as an approach to prevent cancer progression and recurrence”

green-teaGreen tea is considered a culinary herb and is the world’s second most popular drink. It has been consumed by Asian cultures for centuries and now has increasing popularity in all societies. Green tea is truely a Natural Superfood.

Make your own green tea blend.

Sources:

  • ScienceBlog.com
  • BBC News
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