Green tea is rich in polyphenols, plant chemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Several studies have reported on the many potential health benefits of drinking green tea, including the potential reduction in breast cancer risk. Two new studies scheduled to be published in January 2010 continue to support the breast cancer risk reduction potential of green tea.
In one study, data from the the population-based Shanghai Women's Health Study was used to examine the relationship between green tea consumption and breast cancer risk. The results of this study showed that women who started drinking green tea before the age of 25 years had about a 31% reduction in their risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer compared to non-tea drinkers. In contrast, women who started drinking green tea before the age of 25 years had an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. However, the researchers found that among breast cancer patients, age at onset of breast cancer was later among green tea drinkers compared to non-drinkers suggesting that this increased postmenopausal breast cancer risk was likely the result in a delay in the onset of breast cancer.
In a separate study, investigators searched and analyzed published studies that examined green tea consumption and the risk of breast cancer recurrence and incidence. Analysis of the data collected from this search showed that consuming more than 3 cups of green tea per day was associated with about a 27% lower risk of getting breast cancer again.
These new studies continue to confirm the potential cancer fighting benefits of green tea. This is why green tea is one of my top 10 foods to fight breast cancer. To learn more about the benefits of green tea and the rest of my top ten cancer fighting foods, read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at www.fightBCnow.com.