Posted on 05/11/2012

Could Green Tea Lower Cancer Risk?


According to research, drinking green tea may lower the risk of throat, stomach and colon cancers in women. The Daily Mail reported on a long-term observational study of tea drinking habits and the risk of developing cancer of the digestive system, highlighting a 14% decreased risk in cancer in users who regularly drank tea.

88% of drinkers in the cross-section studied, (the research was carried out in China) drank green tea. However when the analysis was restricted to women who only drank green tea – the results were only borderline significant, indicating that green tea had no overwhelming preventative effect.

Despite the headline reported in The Daily Mail, the research, although well conducted, does not offer any conclusive evidence that drinking tea, green or not, can influence the risk of cancers developing in the digestive system.

The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, the National Cancer Institute, Rockville and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China, was funded by the National Cancer Institute. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the reports by the media were fair, and although there has been some misleading interpretation about the effects of green tea, it does not affect the overall conclusion.

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