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.