Anticancer and Anti Diabetic Health Benefits of Tea

ID-100169114There are enormous health benefits of tea, especially green tea, and the anti-cancer and anti-diabetic health benefits of tea are discussed here.

Several studies suggest that tea; especially green tea can protect us from certain cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancers and prostate cancer. A study in Japan found that the antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG present in tea are the reason for protection from cancer. The study found that two to three cups of green tea contain enough epigallocatechin gallate to help in prevent growth of lung cancer cells. The growth of lung cancer cells is slowed due to blocking of a receptor called 67 LR present in lung cancer cells by epigallocatechin gallate. Another study found that if a person drinks only a cup of green tea a day has five times less chance of developing lung cancer in compare to a person who do not drink green tea.

The local application of green tea extract on the sun exposed surface of skin can prevent photo-aging of skin as well as skin cancer to some extent by protecting skin from harmful ultraviolet light, especially harmful UVA (ultraviolet-A) and UVB (ultraviolet-B). Ultraviolet-B rays are more harmful and responsible for causing cancer. So green tea extract by protecting skin from ultraviolet-B light can reduce the incidence of skin cancer to a great extent.

The anti-diabetic benefits of tea are exerted by the increased sensitivity of insulin and by improved glucose tolerance by tea, although not yet proved conclusively. Epidemiological studies and surveys suggest that drinking of tea on regular basis can reduce the incidence of diabetes in a community or population to some extent. There are also many other health benefits of tea.

 

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