Green tea extracts show promise fighting oral cancer
A preliminary study conducted by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found that green tea extracts may prevent the formation of mouth cancers.
The trial was placebo tested but used a small trial sample of 50 patients and one of the researchers noted:
“While these are encouraging findings, much more research must be done before we can conclude that green tea may prevent oral or any other type of cancer. It’s also important to remind people that this trial enrolled very few participants who, at the highest dose levels took the equivalent of eight cups of green tea three times a day,” cautioned Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulo, M.D.
Green tea is an anti-oxidant powerhouse and contains between 30 and 40 per cent of water-extractable polyphenols. Researchers all over the world are conducting clinical trials to determine whether green tea extracts can be used as treatments or preventatives for many different diseases.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, N.D. noted in his recent article about this topic:
While the biggest risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use and drinking alcohol — about eight out of 10 people with this cancer use tobacco and seven out of 10 are heavy drinkers — some people with oral cancer have no known risk factors.
How should you drink green tea to maximize it’s health benefits. Dr. Mercola says don’t drink steaming hot green tea.
Ideally, most of the fluid you drink should be at room temperature. The only exception would be if you were overheated and hyperthermic, in which case cold fluids would be beneficial.
For more information go to Green tea extracts may protect against oral cancer: Study and Phase II Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Green Tea Extract in Patients with High-Risk Oral Premalignant Lesions