Thursday, March 22, 2007

Green tea might treat cancer in combination with….

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Today's post: Thursday, 3-22-2007

Green tea might treat cancer in combination with….

This news item appeared recently.:

“Green tea plus painkiller slows prostate cancer Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 14 11:44 AM

A component of green tea combined with a low dose of a COX-2 inhibitor may act in concert to slow the spread of human prostate cancer.

In the journal Clinical Cancer Research, they report that low doses of the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib (sold as Celebrex), given along with a green tea polyphenol slowed the growth of prostate cancer in cell cultures and in a mouse model of the disease.”


This might be good news except taking Celebrex has a risk of making heart disease more likely according to other recent news.

And, green tea extracts have separately been found to kill off or slow cancer cells in similar conditions.

Plus, at least one recent study reported that drinking green tea seemed to not reduce cancer risk much -although it did reduce heart disease risk in that study. The possible explanation is that drinking tea hot may cause cancers of the digestive tract.

There may be a win-win solution to this situation that does work to slow or kill cancer cells. And, it's one that's safe from what I've read on the subject & that you have ready access to now.

Green tea extract is readily available & not very expensive from most health food stores. And, it’s easy to add just enough colder water to green tea to keep it from being too hot. (Milk works but tends to bind to the active ingredients in the tea. So it’s not a good idea to use.)

So, if you take the supplement & drink green tea at a temperature that is low enough it doesn’t cause problems, you might very well get this effect if there was a safe way to get Cox II inhibitors with it.

And, there is such a way.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric which is plentiful in many curries, & its relative, the spice ginger, are both Cox II inhibitors. In addition, there is evidence that taking curcumin supplements & ginger extract supplements also tend to prevent Alzheimer’s disease & PROTECT your heart.

Would combining green tea extract with one or both of these two supplements work as a treatment for cancer?

Maybe. I suspect it may vary some with the particular cancer & other factors present in the person who has the cancer.

But, I suspect strongly the combination works to help prevent cancer in the first place.

And, the combination has other proven health benefits, so it might well be worth trying.

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