Green Tea To Fight Cancer?

by Polly N on September 10, 2010

Now, if you haven’t heard that Green Tea helps to fight cancer, then I would have to assume you have been living in an igloo in the North Pole or sitting up high on a hill somewhere! Yup, surely everyone knows that green tea is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants by now?! It is constantly being extolled in the media for it’s powerful properties and rightly so.

If you’re not entirely sure what goes on in the “mind” of a pesky cancer cell, here’s a little insight into how the little reprobate “thinks”:

Cancer cells possess abnormal genes which instruct them to continue multiplying, ignoring signals from surrounding tissues to stop. They then secrete a poison to these tissues which creates a local inflammation. From there, the cancer cells send messages to nearby blood vessels causing new blood vessels to grow towards them, effectively hi-jacking the blood supply for its own use, eventually resulting in a tumour. This process is called angiogenesis.

The reason that Green tea is so good for us is due its rich supply of polyphenols which reduces angiogenesis (the environment cancer needs to GROW). It contains catechins which are powerful antioxidants and detoxifiers  which promote apoptosis (cancell cell SUICIDE). Green tea must be steeped for at least five minutes – ideally ten minutes – to release the catechins.

I came accross an amazing story about a wonderful lady called Sam who was initially diagnosed and successfully treated for cervical cancer aged 23. Thirteen years later, despite yearly smear tests, she was told she had severe cervical cancer graded at 4a (it only goes up to 4b), which had wrapped itself around her bladder, bowel and spread into her lymph nodes.

Sam’s oncologist recommended surgery followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy which unfortunately involved an 11 hour operation involving very intricate bowel surgery, resulting in a having a colostomy bag.  She was given just a 50% chance of survival and beating it.

During the 4 weeks that elapsed between Sam’s diagnosis and her surgery, she adopted the diet recommended in ‘anticancer-a new way of life’ (one of the books that I wholeheartedly recommend on my book list) and drank numerous cups of high quality Sencha green tea, which is widely consumed in Japan.

When Sam woke up from surgery, she was told the cancer had totally retracted from her bowel and bladder meaning that no colostomy bag was necessary AND they had downgraded her tumour from an advanced 4a to an early stage 1b!!! AMAZING!

Sam is now healthier and happier than ever and believes that Sencha green tea is partly responsible for her amazing recovery.

I LOVE this tea. I’m not sure about you but I find most green teas quite coarse whereas this Sencha tea is much softer and more palatable than your average. The ones you find in the supermarket tend to be quite strong and bitter whereas this tastes much much nicer.

If it can help reduce tumours (along with other dietary changes of course) then get me a lorry load immediately!!!!

If you’re in the market for some green tea, then I can definitely recommend the Sencha tea from www.tea4life.co.uk

You can also read all about Sam’s amazing story here.

xxx

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Amy September 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Polly, What do you reckon to this?

http://www.spacenk.co.uk/product/skincare/supplements/original+water+booster.do

It says it’s equivalent to 15 cups of green tea? Jury’s out…. what’s your opinion. No substitute for the tea?

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polly September 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

hmmm Im not convinced. It certainly sounds promising but given that they use parbens in their other products, I can’t be sure that this hasn’t got something sneaky in it. I would rather stick to high quality green tea and take something like E3 Live or Pure Synergy (organic and scientifically proven to be extremely beneficial – http://www.detoxyourworld.com
xxx

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Sarah September 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Hi I’ve been reading your blog for a week or so and thought I’d say hi. I’ve been diagnosed with some health problems (nothing immediately life threatening) and came across your blog whilst trying to research better treatments than having bits chopped off me! What do you think to this stuff? http://www.teapigs.co.uk/about_tea/matcha_super_power_green_tea/

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polly September 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Hi Sarah

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Im sorry to hear you have health problems though – whatever it is, I hope it resolves itself soon.

Re the green tea – from what I can gather, it looks like the tea is grown organically and ethically which is always something I look for as it’s a sure sign that the manufacturers are keen to provide a premium product. I would definitely try it and see how it makes you feel. If your body likes it, then by all means continue to drink it but be sure to drink lots of water with it too as the body needs at least 2litres everyday.

Wishing you health and happiness

Polly x

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greg September 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Hi Polly,
I was wondering if you could please give me some advice regarding alcohol with cancer. Ive read a few bits about red wine but not much about alcohol in general. I am presuming its all pretty bad for you??

Greg

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polly September 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Hi Greg

Red wine is reported to contain reservatrol which can help protect against cancer however more than one glass a day is not recommended. Personally I wouldn’t advise drinking alcohol at all where cancer is concerned as it is produces an acidic environment which provides cancer cells with what they need to grow. It is also very dehydrating and because it’s not whole or natural gives the body more work to do essentially draining it of energy. However we all have to live and we must do what is manageable for us in everyday life, so it really depends on how far someone is willing to take their diet. If cancer is present and that person really wants to have a drink on the odd occasion, then I would say, steer clear of spirits and especially fizzy drinks opting for a glass of red wine instead.
I hope that helps!
Polly xx

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nadine October 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Hey Poll
As you know I’m no tea drinker however recently I’ve really been trying to cut back on all the coffee and replace it with something healthier…………
& I’ve really tried drinking green tea, but, I don’t like it…..can you suggest anything I can add to it to sweeten it slightly without losing all the goodness? I do like fruit teas though and was wondering do they also contain antioxidants and detoxifiers?
thanks nad x x x x

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polly October 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Hi Nad,

Well done on the cutting back – sure it can’t be easy after all those years of drinking coffee!
Try drinking white tea as it tends to be lighter and sweeter than green tea. Re adding anything to green, I’ve never tried it but I guess you could add some agave nectar (very sweet so wouldnt need a lot) but maybe try green for a week without anything added as your tastebuds should gradually change as you begin to adapt to healthier foods and drinks. Fruit teas in my opinion are pointless! The are pretty acidic, bad for teeth and have little goodness. You could also try nettle, dandelion or mint.

Hope that helps! xxx

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