Green Tea Can Prevent Oral Cancer
According to an estimate of the National Institute of Dental and Carniofacial Research, Oral cancer roughly constitutes two percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer and 7,600 die from the disease. But things may change with the intake of Green Tea. A latest research (dated 5th Nov.2009) at University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center reports that Green Tea can prevent Oral Cancer. The polyphenol found in green tea extract can kill off cancerous cells.
Knowledge Gained from Research about Green Tea:
- The researchers found that the green tea is chemopreventative agent. A substance is called chemopreventative agent if it contains chemicals which can prevent the growth of harmful cancer cells in the patient’s body.
- In 50% of the Oral cancer patients who took green tea during the research study, positive results were found.
- The green tea contains a chemical component called Polyphenols.
- Very little research done earlier on this chemical component found that it was beneficial in heart diseases and cancer. This research confirms such findings made about the chemical.
- However, the researchers caution that the findings belong to the initial stages of the research and further studies are still underway.
During the study, some patients who consumed eight cups of green tea three times a day reported of nervousness and sleeping disorder. Apart from this, there were no reports of toxicity. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing side effects. The current recommendation to fend off oral cancer is 4-6 cups of green tea per day. It is a delicious way to help prevent a terrible disease!