Breast cancer is one of the most feared diseases in the U.S.
We have pink ribbon campaigns, “runs for the cure,” and screening awareness programs to fight it.
In China, they have none of this. That’s because breast cancer isn’t nearly the threat that it is in America.
The death rate from breast cancer in China is 5.76 per 100,000 residents.
That’s less than a third of the U.S. rate of 17.56.
And this is true despite the fact that the U.S. has far more screening, better medical facilities, and more advanced treatment techniques than in China.
A study published in the journal Anticancer Research may have discovered the secret behind China’s low breast cancer rates.
The Ancient Chinese Breast Cancer Solution
It was led by Dr. Chunfa Huang. He and his colleagues treated six breast cancer cell lines with varying concentrations of tea extracts. These included dark, green, black, and oolong teas.
The researchers found that oolong and green tea inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Black and dark tea had no effect.
Green tea was already known to have anti-cancer properties. But the effects of other types of tea had not previously been much investigated.
The team also looked at annual cancer data from China. The country accounts for 38.6% of the world’s tea consumption, surpassing all other nations.
In China, people who drink oolong tea are half as likely to develop breast cancer. And they are 68% less likely to die prematurely from any cause.
Dr. Huang said that “oolong tea, much like green tea, plays a role in inhibiting breast cancer cell growth, proliferation, and tumor progression.”
The study confirms earlier research that followed 472 women with various stages of breast cancer. Women who drank the most green tea had the least spread of cancer. This was especially true in premenopausal women in the early stages of breast cancer.
The same study also found that women who drank five cups or more green tea every day before their cancer diagnosis were more likely to stay cancer free after treatment.
Drinking These 2 Kinds of Tea Fights Cancer
If you’re worried about breast cancer, make oolong or green tea part of your daily diet.
Drinking it hot or iced is equally beneficial. But skip the sweeteners.
If you’re not much for tea, EGCG supplements are another option. This is a polyphenol which is the active ingredient that provides green tea’s health benefits. EGCG is available widely online and in health food stores.
Each year, nearly a quarter of a million American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 die of it. One of the world’s oldest beverages may the key to preventing this modern scourge.
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