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Green tea will save us from prostatitis

December 20 2007
17:30

Daily consumption of five or more cups of green tea prevents the development of common forms of prostate cancer. This conclusion was made by Japanese scientists on the results of large-scale study, funded by the government.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute in Tokyo have analyzed data from a survey of almost 50,000 men aged 40 to 69 years. At the beginning of the study, all participants were healthy. Watching them was carried out in 11-14 years.

During this period, 404 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, including a 271 - localized cancer (early stage of the disease) in 114 - common forms of cancer (late stage) and 19 - form of cancer has not been determined.

It turned out that people Eat five or more cups of green tea, ill common forms of prostate cancer in 2 times less likely to those who drank less than one cup of beverage. At the same time consumption of green tea had no effect on the incidence of localized cancers, scientists said.

According to researchers, an anti-cancer effect of green tea may be associated with catechins contained therein. These substances reduce the level of the male hormone testosterone, which plays an important role in the development of prostate cancer. In addition, catechins may have the ability to directly block the growth of cancer cells, scientists have suggested.

According to statistics, men from Asian countries suffer from prostate cancer are significantly less likely than Westerners.

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