Tuesday, March 17, 2009

By Zoey Hilton
What if I told you that it's in your best interest to have a cup of green tea? What if I mention green tea and prostate cancer in the same sentence?

Here's a more descriptive question that should be asked...what's in green tea that reduces the risk of prostate cancer?

Green tea contains polyphenols (an antioxidant phytochemical) which help prevent the spread of prostate cancer. The polyphenols mobilize several molecular pathways that shut down the increased production and spread of tumor cells, while inhibiting the growth of blood vessels that feed the cancer with nourishment according to research which was published in Cancer Research in the December 2004 issue.

Although the green tea polyphenols did show great signs, the effects were seen in an animal study within 6 months of continuous infusion.

That was an animal study, here's a case control study involving 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospital controls.

It was found in the case control study that:

· men drinking the most green tea were found to have an 86% reduced risk of prostate cancer
· compared to those drinking the least

Since green tea contains lycopene, another similar case study was done but this time studying lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes, apricots, pink grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, and guava).

It was found in this study that:

· men who most frequently enjoyed the above mentioned foods were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer
· compared to those consuming the least lycopene-rich foods

I guess it's obvious then, by choosing to drink green tea regularly and eat the fruits and vegetables rich in the carotenoid and lycopene, this may greatly reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. Or, I could provide you with five tips to help you get in the habit of drinking green tea and eating lycopene-rich foods...like:

1) Drink a quart of iced green tea throughout the day
2) Snack on apricots and almonds
3) For breakfast eat half a grapefruit
4) Start your lunch or dinner with spicy tomato juice on the rocks with a twist of lime
5) And, for dinner top your whole wheat pasta with olive oil, pine nuts, feta cheese and a tomato sauce

So, as we've read green tea and prostate cancer are meant to be in the same sentence but what if you have no time to cook, pack carotenoid and lycopene rich lunches or even drink a quart (4 cups) of green tea a day? What is the best way to incorporate green tea into a diet healthy lifestyle?

The best and most popular way is to take green tea in the form of a health supplement.

The great news is that you don't have to keep track of how much green tea you've taken, or for that matter study up on the type of foods you have to eat in order to get those vitamins, amino acids and specialty nutrients called carotenoid and lycopene that help reduce the risk of prostate cancer because high quality health supplements already contain the amounts needed!

However, you should be aware that it's advised to take green tea extract, carotenoid and lycopene as part of a multi-supplement since the many ingredients will work synergistically with each other.

What's stopping you from doing more research on green tea and prostate cancer because it's not only for you, it's also for your family.

If you would like to learn more about green tea extract and other healthy active supplements, which I personally take, visit my website now.

Zoey Hilton is a dedicated researcher and passionate advocate of nutritional supplements and shares her research on her http://www.active-supplements.info website. If you don't know the kind of nutritional supplement you should include as part of your daily health protocol to live a long, healthy life visit http://www.active-supplements.info now to learn about the supplement line Zoey personally recommends

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