Green Tea Slows Prostate Cancer
Compound in tea shows good results in new study
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2010 4:21 PM CDT
The new study suggests drinking daily cups of green tea is good for you.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – One of the compounds in green tea may stay the advance of prostate cancer. Researchers examining Polyphenon E found that it could lower the concentrations of at least three biomarkers that indicate the onset of cancer. Patients took capsules of Polyphenon E equivalent to 12 cups of green tea for 34 days. Afterward, most patients showed significantly decreased levels of the cancer biomarkers—some as much as 30%, the BBC reports.

"We think that the use of tea polyphenols alone or in combination with other compounds currently used for cancer therapy should be explored as an approach to prevent cancer progression and recurrence," says the lead researcher.

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May 6, 2010 12:53 PM CDT
The taste of green would scare off any tumor.
May 4, 2010 10:56 PM CDT
Love the caption to the 2nd picture.
May 4, 2010 9:36 PM CDT
I drink tea but not 12 cups and I won't take a drug to substitute for it.