Saturday, April 16, 2011

Green Tea and Breast Cancer Prevention: What the Experts Say

Published February 20, 2009, by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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How effective is green tea at preventing, reversing or treating breast cancer? And can green tea help improve the outcome of chemotherapy for patients who choose chemical poisons as their treatment of choice?

I searched through my library of natural health books and found the following quotes on breast cancer and green tea. They reveal the remarkable health benefits of green tea and its notable phytochemicals (EGCG).

Consumption of green tea was closely associated with decreased numbers of axillary lymph node metastases among premenopausal patients with stages I and II breast cancer. They also found that increased consumption of green tea was correlated with decreased recurrence of stages I and II breast cancer.
The researchers concluded, "Our results indicate that increased consumption of green tea prior to clinical cancer onset is significantly associated with improved prognosis of stage I and II breast cancer."
- Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and More by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

In a study published in 1998, Japanese researchers investigated the effects of drinking green tea on the progression of breast cancer. The study involved 472 patients with stage I, II, and III breast cancer. The results showed that increased consumption of green tea was linked to a decrease in the spread of breast cancer in premenopausal women. In a follow-up study, the researchers found that increased consumption of green tea was correlated with decreased recurrence of stage I and II breast cancer.
- The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements and Herbs by Nicola Reavley

CLA, the nutrient we use to help control leptin, made its claim to fame by reducing the risk for breast cancer. Numerous studies confirm its ability to stop breast cancer cells. Women with higher CLA in their blood have an inverse likelihood of breast cancer. CLA works by knocking out excessive activation of NF kappaB in breast-cancer cells. Green tea is a natural option to reduce both TNFa and NF kappaB. Green tea modulates, in a positive manner, genetic signals that otherwise lead to an excess production of NF kappaB in breast-cancer cells.
- Mastering Leptin: The Leptin Diet, Solving Obesity and Preventing Disease, Second Edition by Byron J. Richards, CCN

Even five cups of green tea a day has been shown to delay the onset of breast cancer. Researchers now suggest green tea, by virtue of its ability to inhibit TNF, could be used before the onset of cancer as well as during and after conventional cancer treatment. [J Cancer Res Clinical Oncology 125: 589-97, 1999] Green tea extracts (0.1%) added to drinking water of animals has been shown to block TNF production in animals. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a sulfur-based amino acid sold in health food stores, has been shown to reduce TNF.
- You Don't Have to be Afraid of Cancer Anymore by Bill Sardi

One Harvard Medical School study that examined estrogen-dependent human breast cancer progression in female mice found that the combination of soy phytochemical concentrate with green tea synergistically reduced breast tumor growth by 72 percent, whereas the concentrate alone reduced tumor growth by 23 percent and tea alone by 56 percent. Green tea proved to be more potent than black in anti-breast tumor activity.
- Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well by Elaine Magee

A new study on turmeric administered in the diet or applied topically has shown a significant chemoprotective effect on oral precancerous lesions. In addition, another study involving the chemopreventive effects of curcumin derived from turmeric along with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from green tea has shown that the combination of these naturally occurring botanical constituents demonstrates synergistic interaction in inhibiting growth of squamous cell carcinoma.
- Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment by Donald R. Yance, j r.,C.N., M.H., A.H.G., with Arlene Valentine

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