The unfortunate reality is that one in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Although these aren’t comforting statistics, there’s increasing evidence that diet may play a role in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. Some dietary components that are thought to potentially lower the risk of this common form of cancer include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli as well as the oleic acid found in olive oil, among others. Green tea for breast cancer prevention has also been proposed. According to a new study, green tea may be good prevention for breast cancer.
In this study, published in this month’s Journal of Nutrition, researchers studied the green tea drinking habits of women living in Shanghai to determine the role the beverage might play in the prevention of breast cancer. After determining how often and how much the women drank on a daily basis, it was shown that women who drink green tea regularly have their breast cancer risk decreased by about twelve percent. It was also shown that the benefits were greater for women who had been longer green tea drinkers and who consumed higher quantities of the beverage. The effect appeared to be dose-dependent.
While a twelve percent reduction in breast cancer risk may not seem like a lot, when combined with a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a regular exercise plan, you may be able to significantly lower the risk of contracting this disease. Drinking green tea offers another simple, relatively inexpensive way to slightly tilt the odds in your favor. Plus, green tea has been shown to have a variety of other health benefits including positive effects on heart disease risk as well as a slight metabolism-boosting effect.
Unfortunately, using green tea for the prevention of breast cancer can be difficult unless you have the discipline to drink at least several cups of green tea per day. Although you can buy green tea extract to use as a supplement, it’s unclear as to whether it would have the same effect as drinking the actual green tea.
The bottom line? Adding several cups of green tea to your diet for the prevention of breast cancer may be beneficial. Although the risk reduction isn’t dramatic, if used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise plan, the risk reduction may be more significant. Plus, sipping a warm cup of green tea may not be a half-bad way to reduce your risk of cancer.