Why Men Should Drink Green Tea

Why Men Should Drink Green Tea. Healthy Living Magazine

Why Men Should Drink Green Tea. Healthy Living Magazine

Twenty percent of the world’s green tea is imbibed in Asia where prostate cancer death rates are some of the lowest in the world. But when Asian men migrate to the US and no longer practice their original dietary habits, their risk of prostate cancer increases and eventually the cancer becomes as prevalent among them as it is in other groups. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer among men in the US.

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The goal of this trial, reported at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, was to evaluate if a one-year intervention with green tea catechins could suppress a precancerous condition characterized by inflammation and irregular cell genetics that foretells high risk and is called high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN). The researchers used green tea capsules that contained a mixture of catechins at a dose of 200 mg two times per day.

In men who had HGPIN at the beginning of the trial, the doctors observed a lower rate of cancer development and ewer prostate lesions. Men also had a decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA is a biomarker that with other risk factors is used to screen patients for prostate cancer; high levels could signify a higher risk of prostate cancer

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Besides green tea catechins, the commercial formula Zyflamend from New Chapter has also been studied at the Columbia University Medical Center for Integrative Urology and Holistic Medicine, in New York City, for its ability to defuse HGPIN and has also been found to be an effective treatment. It contains green tea catechins along with other herbs such as turmeric and ginger.

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