In a recent study led by researchers from Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center, it is found that women who drink Green Tea have lower chance of digestive system cancers, especially cancers of the stomach, esophagus and colorectum.
The study by lead author Sarah Nechuta, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of Medicine, was published in he November edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Wei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, professor of Medicine, chief of the Division of Epidemiology and director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, was the principal investigator for the study.
In determining green tea’s impact on cancer risk, the investigators surveyed women enrolled in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study. It was a population-based study of approximately 75,000 middle-aged and older Chinese women. At the initial interview participants were asked if they drank tea, the type of tea consumed and how much they consumed. Most of the Chinese women reported drinking primarily green tea.
The researchers found that regular tea consumption, or consumption of tea at least three times a week for more than six months, was associated with a 17 percent reduced risk of all digestive cancers combined. A further reduction in risk was associated with an increased level of tea drinking. Specifically, those who consumed about two to three cups per day had a 21 percent reduced risk of digestive system cancers.
That is one more reason for everyone to drink more tea, not just women. Who knows? Maybe it will be found that it will help men as well soon. If not, that’s just another benefit for the drink that seems to be, more and more everyday, the ultimate health drink. From making a really good dessert, to making biofuel, or just helping out heath – everyone should go green.