The benefits of green tea have long been discussed. Some experts regard it as the healthiest beverage in the world. Full of antioxidants, it has been proved that it kills bacteria, it can help you lose weight, it gives you energy and it helps prevent certain types of cancer.
Among these types of cancer, it seems that prostate tumors can be reduced and prevented from development. It is especially efficient with patients who have developed pre-malignant lesions.
Prostate cancer is extremely dangerous and it was classified as the second most common form of cancer in men in 2012. Moreover, it seems that it is regarded as the sixth top cause of death in men all over the world. In the United States, prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death.
Interestingly, the epidemiology varies from one continent to another. For example, the number of men living in the U.S. who developed this for of cancer was 15 times higher than the number of men living in China in the past.
Thus, given the danger posed by this disease, and the fact that statistics show that 80 percent of men are likely to develop prostate cancer by the time they reach their 80th birthday, there has been a lot of focus on prevention. This included the use of agents that could help prevent or impede the rate at which prostate cancer developed.
A new research conducted by Nagi B. Kumar, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A. and his team of experts at Moffitt Cancer Center looked at the way certain components found in green tea could prevent the progression of prostate cancer.
It was noticed that Asia, which has the lowest rate of prostate cancer, is also the place where most green tea is consumed. The risk of developing prostate cancer becomes higher for men who stop drinking green tea after they move to the U.S.
The researchers found that a component called “catechins”, which can be found in green tea can prevent cancer cells from growing and recidivating. It also stimulates cancer cell death, thus reducing the tumor.
The aim of the trial was to see if a one-year treatment with catechins could result in a suppression of tumor growth.
The findings will be presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.
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