Jan 27, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study published
in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that drinking green tea may help reduce
risk of breast cancer in women.
The study led by Martha Shrubsole from Vanderbilt School
of Medicine in Nashville showed women who drank green tea regularly were 12
percent less like to have breast cancer than non-drinkers.
For the study of 3454 women with breast cancer and 3474
healthy controls aged between 20 and 74, Shrubsole and colleagues from the Shanghai
Cancer Institute and the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention
interviewed each participant for their green tea drinking habits.
This is a case-control study and the results do not
suggest a causal relationship between green tea drinking and reduced risk of
However, early studies
have shown that green tea compounds promote death of cancer cells.
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