More to Love about Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Green tea

Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. There are health benefits to drinking a variety of teas, and the more pure the leaf in your brew, the better. Green Tea leaves, which don’t go through an oxidation process, have the richest nutrient profile. Public health scientists report that people who drink at least four cups of green tea daily have a lower overall risk of cancer; additionally, pre- and post-menopausal women have a lower overall risk (or “lower overall incidence”) for breast cancer. Our staff of naturopathic physicians can help you choose the right green tea and other supplements for cancer prevention and overall health.

Green Tea contains powerful micro nutrients called polyphenols. One of these, known as EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), plays an important role in cancer prevention. Lab tests and animals studies show that EGCG inhibits an enzyme required for cancer cell growth. Purdue University researchers found “EGCG, in lab studies, was also able to kill active cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells.” These chemicals are powerful antioxidants with “scavenging” activity that can protect cells from damage.

Green Tea for health enhancement and cancer prevention is well established. However, there hasn’t been extensive research on the effect of tea and/or tea polyphenols in human cancer treatment. Scientists are pursuing clinical trials to determine the role of green tea consumption, as well as a dietary supplement of EGCG, in the treatment of different cancers. Schedule an appointment with our naturopathic physicians to learn more about what you can do and supplements available for the prevention of cancer and other illnesses like the flu as we approach cooler weather.

As we settle in for the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, a cup of hot green tea might be just the ticket for a healthy, happy winter. Brewing your own fresh, hot or iced tea is best for getting all the good nutrients. The processing necessary to bottle tea for supermarket shelves actually degrades the quality and availability of nutrients.

Call us at 360-570-0401 to learn about other teas and supplements that may improve your health.