Herbal Tea Linked to Cancer Prevention
April 28, 2005
 
For nine months, one group of rats in food scientist Elvira de Mejia's University of Illinois lab drank only a Latin American herbal tea. Other rats drank water. When chemicals were used to induce liver cancer, the rats that consumed the tea did not develop malignancies. The group that did not consume tea did.

According to de Mejia, all teas provide some level of cancer protection because of their potent antioxidant activity, although green tea has more antioxidants than black tea.

She says that if you drink tea, within an hour, some antioxidant or cancer-fighting capacity will be circulating in your blood. We need to keep taking in antioxidants to compensate for the carcinogens we're exposed to in the environment.

She recommends drinking between 3 and 10 cups of green tea a day for antioxidant activity and consequent cancer protection. Three cups of tea provides more antioxidant activity than a serving of broccoli.

Admittedly, that's a lot of tea, but if you drink it instead of the water you should be drinking, you will notice other benefits as well.