I read a fascinating (make that FASCINATING) article earlier on Prevention.com. The article was about foods and drinks that not only prevent cancer, they have the nutrients, antioxidants, and compounds needed to even CURE cancer.
See why fascinating appears in all caps?
The article is the result of the phrase Physician, Heal Thyself playing out. The author, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD was diagnosed with Brain cancer. He KNEW the power of different foods and drinks, so he began the fight of his life… at the table. He discovered a multitude of cancer-fighting foods that allowed him to live longer than anyone would have ever thought possible. How much longer? Well, he wrote the artilce 16 years after his diagnosis. 16 years!
I hope you’ll click through to read the rest of the article (I’ll link to it at the bottom), but I wanted to share with you what he had to say about tea. I learned a few things about my good friend Green Tea, and I think you will as well.
This article, like so many others, is absolute proof of the soundness of replacing soft drinks and diet soft drinks with tea. Soft drinks won’t help you keep from getting cancer and they won’t do a thing for those who already have it. Tea, on the other hand, has superhero properties and would love nothing more than to save your life.
Here’s the excerpt concerning tea:
Green tea is rich in compounds called polyphenols, including catechins (and particularly EGCG), which reduce the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier (activating enzymes in the liver that eliminate toxins from the body), and it encourages cancer cell death. In the laboratory, it has even been shown to increase the effect of radiation on cancer cells.
Japanese green tea (sencha, gyokuro, matcha, etc.) contains more EGCG than common varieties of Chinese green tea, making it the most potent source on the market; look in Asian groceries and tea shops. Black and oolong teas, commonly used to produce popular tea blends such as Earl Grey, are less effective because they’ve been fermented, which destroys a large proportion of their polyphenols. Decaffeinated green teas, which retain the polyphenols despite the process of decaffeination, are also an option if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
How to Drink It: Sip 2 to 3 cups a day within an hour of brewing. Green tea must be steeped for at least 5 to 8 minutes–ideally 10–to release its catechins, but it loses its beneficial polyphenols after an hour or two. – From Prevention’s Edible Healing: Food Cures for Cancer: A doctor with a malignant tumor sets out to find his cure. And comes back with dinner. By David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD.
Please read the entire article: Foods that Fight and Prevent Cancer. There are foods that actually cause cancer cells to commit suicide!