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					      The Japanese Secret To Good Health
     Cancer remains a number-one killer in
countries around the world. Therefore, it should
 come as little surprise that medical researchers
  are exploring new avenues in an effort to find
              .ways to attack cancer

     The investigation into alternative cancer
therapies often begins by examining the cultures
   of specific nations in an effort to determine
whether diet or other customs could help unlock
 the secret to curing this dreaded disease. Since
 green tea has been a staple of the Japanese diet
     for centuries, it’s not surprising that new
  attention is being paid to the tea’s therapeutic
                       .benefits

      In recent years, doctors and scientific
researchers have been focusing new attention on
   the idea of drinking green tea in an effort to
 keep cancer at bay. It’s been thought that the
  beverage possesses certain natural properties
    .which make it a likely cancer preventative

         Studying Green Tea In-Depth

  In order to look at this issue in more depth,
 researchers Kazue Imai, Kenji Suga, and Kei
Nakachi of the Saitama Cancer Center Research
Institute in Saitama, Japan, decided to examine
  the effects of green tea drinking among the
   Japanese. In an article entitled “Cancer-
   Preventive Effects of Drinking Green Tea
Among a Japanese Population” in Preventative
Medicine magazine, the research team explored
.the therapeutic benefits of green tea at length

When the researchers began their investigation,
 there had been a number of studies indicating
      that the main ingredient of green tea,
  epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, was anti-
carcinogenic. However, there was little evidence
 to suggest that EGCG could prevent cancer in
 human beings. While some human studies had
   been conducted, the results were far from
                   .conclusive

 The Japanese research team strongly believed
that it was absolutely critical to conduct an in-
   depth study in an Asian nation, given the
  popularity of tea consumption in the Orient.
 Ultimately, the Japanese scientists found that
 those Japanese subjects who drank green tea
  were less likely to develop cancer. This was
particularly true among women who consumed
   .more than ten cups of green tea each day

      A Natural Cancer Prevention Tool
The rate of cancer was low among both men and
 women who consumed large amounts of green
 tea. In addition, a study of 384 cancer patients
 indicated that increased consumption of green
   tea was linked with a delay in the onset of
   cancer. Again, this phenomenon was most
 prevalent among women who consumed more
    than ten cups of green tea each day. The
 average delay for the onset of cancer was four
years—four years of enhanced quality of life for
              .the subjects involved

 To a Western mind, drinking ten cups of green
tea daily can seem mind-boggling—especially if
  one has difficulty consuming eight glasses of
   water each day. It should be noted that, on
average, the subjects were probably consuming
150 ml of green tea per cup. That would amount
  to about 300 to 400 milligrams of EGCG—a
       .healthy amount, by any standard

      More Powerful Than Once Thought

 It has become clear that green tea is far more
 powerful in fighting cancer than researchers
 once thought. For instance, scientists recently
  discovered that green tea’s unique chemical
  makeup enables it to combat one of the key
cancer-causing molecules linked to tobacco use.
 The ground-breaking evidence appeared in a
 journal published by the American Chemical
                   .Society

In the study, researchers examined the effects of
    two components of green tea, EGCG and
  epigallocatechin, also known as EGC. These
substances are close to the consistency of cancer-
   preventing substances in red wine, grapes,
    broccoli, and cabbage. The research team
 discovered that EGCG and EGC can inhibit a
molecule that often “turns on” genes that can be
harmful to the body, leading to the development
                    .of cancer

However, it’s unclear whether the results in the
  science lab could be replicated in a person’s
 home, since the effectiveness of drinking green
tea depends on how the beverage is used by the
  human body. In addition, there appear to be
  differences between varieties of green tea, so
   additional study is necessary to prove the
beverage’s effectiveness in inhibiting potentially
          .harmful molecular processes

          The Need for More Research

Based upon the evidence presented in the study
 conducted by Imai, Suga, and Nakachi, there
can be little doubt that their research indicates
   that consuming green tea can lead to the
   prevention of cancer. However, additional
    research is definitely needed in order to
 determine which organs of the body could best
            .benefit from green tea

  In other words, will drinking green tea fight
stomach cancer? Breast cancer? Colon cancer?
  At this point, the answers to these questions
  remain unclear. Yet, it should be noted that
 laboratory tests show that green tea’s EGCG
  can zero in on organs in an effort to prevent
                      .cancer

The initial research into cancer prevention using
 green tea is incredibly encouraging. To begin
  with, green tea is an ordinary part of many
people’s diets, so drinking the beverage does not
 necessarily mean a radical lifestyle change. If
 people are already accustomed to consuming
green tea, it stands to reason that they wouldn’t
  mind consuming more of it, if it would mean
      .preventing the occurrence of cancer

      A Virtually Problem-Free Solution

    Some approaches to preventing cancer may
     seem initially appealing, but can become
    decidedly less so because of the side effects
   involved. However, there are no toxic effects
 linked to green tea consumption, meaning that
    this cancer-fighting remedy is especially
                   .promising

In addition, green tea appears to be a powerful
    cancer prevention tool. If the beverage’s
therapeutic effects were limited, there wouldn’t
be a great deal of interest in using it as a cancer
preventative. However, the strong link between
 green tea consumption and cancer prevention
  indicated by the Japanese study means that
   there is good reason for people to consider
         .adding green tea to their diets

           Effects Beyond the Orient

 Some might conclude that green tea drinking
only prevents cancer among Asian populations,
but researchers in the field believe that would be
     a mistake. It’s entirely possible that, if
  Westerners also made green tea a significant
 part of their daily diet, they would also see the
               .preventative effects

With so many supermarkets and convenience
 stores in the West now stocking green tea, it
may be just a matter of time before Westerners
 will also experience the beverage’s medicinal
                    .benefits

				
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