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Big study in Japan says green tea lowers stroke risk ^ | 09.14.06 | LINDSEY TANNER

Posted on 10/07/2006 9:19:49 PM PDT by Coleus

Can drinking green tea really protect against two big killers, strokes and cancer? A huge study in Japan suggests yes and no: It might lower your stroke risk but won't save you from cancer. The study's authors say their findings might explain why the Japanese are less likely than Americans to die of heart disease and stroke. Even so, the answers aren't clear. Green tea has been researched a lot, and many of the studies have come up with conflicting results.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said an analysis found no credible scientific evidence to support manufacturers' claims that green tea can cut cardiovascular disease risks. The National Cancer Institute says human studies on tea and cancer prevention have had contradictory results. But there's still hope and the institute is funding rigorous studies testing whether tea extract can help prevent several kinds of cancer.

Tea contains substances called antioxidants that can help keep cells healthy. Green tea has more of them than black tea, and studies in animals have shown that tea antioxidants called catechins seem to shrink cancerous tumors. Some studies in humans have suggested tea can also help keep arteries and cholesterol healthy. The current study was funded by the Japanese government and is published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Shinichi Kuriyama of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, is the lead author.

It's different from many previous studies because it involved so many people -- 40,530 Japanese adults. Those who drank lots of green tea were less likely than those who drank only a little tea to die from cardiovascular disease and other causes, but not cancer. Because tea-drinking is popular among Japanese people from all lifestyles and economic groups, the research seems to refute a criticism of previous studies -- that people who drink green tea are higher income and more health-conscious and thus apt to be healthier anyway.

However, heavy tea drinkers in the study also tended to eat more fruits and vegetables, and such a diet also might reduce cardiovascular disease and cancer risks, said John Folts, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Study participants were generally less overweight than Americans, and it's unknown if similar results would be found in a more diverse group of people, said Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts University nutrition professor and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

The results from this study, which observed people and their habits over several years, "point you in a direction" but aren't conclusive, she said. The Japanese volunteers filled out questionnaires on tea-drinking and other habits including diet, alcohol and tobacco use, weight, job and education status, and physical activity. During seven years of follow-up, 1,134 participants died of cancer and 892 died from cardiovascular disease.

Women who drank five or more cups of green tea daily had a 31 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than women who drank less than one cup daily. In men, the comparable reduced risk was 22 percent. Cardiovascular disease includes heart disease and stroke. While heavy tea drinkers had less heart disease than those who drank little tea, the results suggest the difference for heart disease alone might have been due to chance. Green tea appeared to work best against clot-related strokes.

TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: cva; greentea; naturalfoods; nutrition; stroke; supplements; tea; vitamins

1 posted on 10/07/2006 9:19:51 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Green Tea has been known for some time now to have benefits. Pomegranite juice will be the next 'breaking news' for prostate concerns. Noboby surfs anymore?

2 posted on 10/14/2006 9:05:58 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Coleus

:') Of course, the risk of stroke is probably higher in Japan than it is in most countries, so chewing gum probably reduces stroke risk in a study.

3 posted on 10/19/2006 10:59:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est!
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To: Westlander

Pomegranite juice >>

it's very high in carbs. do they have the juice concentrated in a pill?

4 posted on 02/11/2007 12:53:21 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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To: Coleus

Pill form available. Several to choose from. No problems with Bullwater on delivery, fast service.

5 posted on 02/13/2007 3:45:08 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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6 posted on 04/01/2007 7:08:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, March 31, 2007.
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To: Quix

This article from a year ago touts green tea.

7 posted on 09/21/2007 9:35:37 PM PDT by Joya
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