Skip to comments.Green tea unlikely to reduce cancer risk
Posted on 07/03/2005 12:47:42 AM PDT by nickcarraway
WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- The evidence that green tea may reduce risk of some cancers is weak and its unlikely to cut cancer risk, U.S. Federal Drug Administration officials said.
"Two studies do not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, but one weaker, more limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk," the FDA said in a statement Friday. "Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer."
In addition FDA said, "One weak and limited study does not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but another weak and limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk -- based on these studies, the FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer."
The FDA will continue to evaluate new information on consumption of green tea to determine if changes in these claims, or in the decision, are necessary, the agency said.
Personally speaking, I don't trust much of anything the FDA does or says..
They are far too politically influenced in their decisions, as well as drug industry influence..
Far too many of these government officials and elected representatives end up on the "board of directors" or something after they retire or lose an election..
FDA does not like natural remedies.
-- based on these studies, the FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer."
I've tried to like it but can't stand the stuff....
If the FDA had found that green tea fights cancer, the next thing you know the FDA would try to ban green tea.
You are much better off drinking green tea instead of, say, soft drinks or coffee whether or not green tea fights cancer. The acid in soft drinks will dissolve your teeth and all that refined sugar is bad. I'll have a soft drink once a month or so but I know people who buy those huge two litre bottles of the stuff and drink it like it is water -- yecch!
I didn't at first.
Ill go through about a six pack of diet Pepsi a month. My coffee is down to about 3-5 mugs a day. Before I retired I was constantly drinking that good Army coffee. Our crews actually made a bet one day as to which skipper drank more coffee my crew collected.
Can't say much about it curing cancer, but I can say for sure that it clears up Uretheritis, which I had a problem with before discovering Green Tea.
I still enjoy green tea, but now include some white on occasion, as well. The FDA can go pound sand.
So I can stick to black tea in peace? Cool.
Agreed. They could just as well buy a bottle of maple syrup and drink glasses of it.
"If the FDA had found that green tea fights cancer, the next thing you know the FDA would try to ban green tea."
Of course, the FDA wouldn't want the public to have anything that might have health benefits without the public paying tribute to the pharmaceutical manufacturer-physician-attorney consortium.
It helps flush out the system.
Normally I have a cup of java upon awakening , and that is it for coffee until the next day . Green tea is all I drink when at school ( very seldom I'll have a cup of coffee ) . The stuff isn't " delicious " in the strictest sense of the word , but it's hot ( or one can drink it chilled in summer ) , and knowing it is good for me makes it taste all that much better .
Green tea studies have been going on for over a decade showing positive results.
The FDA is, as usual, way late.
Another interesting natural remedy I just heard about is pomegranate juice. Dr. Rosenfeld on Fox news says it removes plaque from arteries. One glass a day, he recommends.
I'm sitting here enjoying my daily 16oz of darjeeling. (I've always thought green tea was way overrated.)
The FDA already banned Red Yeast Rice because it contained the same cholesterol-lowering ingredients as do the prescription drugs used to lower cholesterol.
The FDA is a wholly owned subsidairy of the drug companies, and it should be disbanded and turned into an independent, non-profit organization, sort of like how ASE certifies auto mechanics.
Chai Tea is my favorite. One half-shot of the purchased syrup from DaVinci Gourmet in a coffee-mug full of milk, then warmed on the stove, is great before bed. You can use the same proportions, but pour it over ice for a summer cooler.
Or make this yourself:
Chai Tea Mix
1 14-ounce can unsweetened condensed milk (low-fat or nonfat, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Pour the entire can of milk into a clean, dry jar.
2. Add all the spices and cover tightly with a lid.
3. Place in the refrigerator. The longer it stays refrigerated, the better it gets.
4. To use, stir the mixture, and scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons directly into a cup of very strong, very hot black tea.
(Makes 1 3/4 cups)
Neither of my suggestions have been approved by the FDA, LOL!
"I've tried to like it but can't stand the stuff.... "
Try Green Tea and Jasmine - it's great.
And readily available.
I used it when I lowered my colestrol, at least it was one of the items I used. In 9 weeks I lowered my colestrol 102 points. My Doctor was upset that I did'nt use the Lipitor he gave me but, hey, this is my temple and I say what goes into it.
My way was more complicated than poping a pill but it did'nt cause any side effects and it was much better for me. I use Policosanol now and will find out how well it is performing in September.
Corcur. The 'Pomwonderful' juices on sale at most stores are excellent, and I use a pomegrante juice concentrate in my smoothies on a daily basis. Interesting side effect, guys...seems to have a "Viagra-like effect" in some men. Maybe that is why they are mentioned in the Bible's 'Song of Solomon'. Hmmm...
*Boosts your immune system
*Lowers blood sugar
*Helps prevent cavities and tooth decay
*Slows the aging process
*Helps reduce the risk of cancer
*Aids in weight loss by burning calories
*Reduces high blood pressure
*Reduces the risk of heart disease
*Reduces the risk of stroke
*Lowers the risk of blood clot
I take a green tea capsule every day :)
I have also found it helpful to go for several days without tea to flush the caffeine out of my system. During my "fast" from tea I drink water and fruit juice. I do this once every six weeks or so -- I can just feel it when I have too much caffeine in my system and then I really appreciate tea after not drinking any for a few days.
Is there caffeine or speed-like products in green tea? I can't take anything that might speed up my heart rate - except for during exercise of course my rate goes up. A small amount of caffeine is ok. Very small.
Celestial Seasonings makes several varities of naturally decaffeinated green tea.
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