GREEN TEA RESEARCH CONT'D
One scientist who has spent the past several years studying a particular phytochemical found in green tea is Dr. Thomas A. Gasiewicz, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
As quoted in the American Institute for Cancer Research newsletter, Dr. Gasiewicz claims, "In fact, one of the active green tea substances - called EGCG - seems to target one protein that is common throughout our bodies. . . and it does so with a degree of precision that cancer drugs still aren't able to match."
Some scientists believe in certain circumstances, this protein is responsible for triggering the series of cell changes that eventually lead to cancer. When EGCG binds to this protein, it helps to prevent these changes from happening. Japanese and Chinese people each drink an average of 3 cups of green tea a day.
Studies in Asia that tracked the diets of subjects over several years have linked green tea consumption to reduced risk for breast, prostate, bladder, colon, stomach, pancreatic and esophageal cancers.
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