This morning I read this abstract regarding a Phase II clinical trial of 41 patients with oral leukoplakia, a condition that is a sign of oral cancer risk. The group was given various amounts of green tea extract or a placebo. Of those consuming the two largest amounts of the tea extract there was a positive response rate of 60%. Results like this are amazing in my opinion. Many medications don’t have a response rate that high. While the sample size was small, this study is consistent with so many other studies I don’t think it should be dismissed.
The highest amount of green consumed equated to 24 cups of green tea per day. Now, that is even too much tea for me. It does give me more incentive to continue to drink my 8+ cups of green tea each day. Do I know for certain it is helping me? No I don’t and I probably never will. However, since green tea has had so many positive results in relation to cancer prevention I don’t see any reason not to continue to drink it. I think drinking green tea is especially important for smokers and those that consume alcohol since both activities have been associated with an increase in head and neck cancers.
Don’t you just love when something so simple as relaxing with a cup of green tea can be beneficial for your health? With this positive news regarding green tea, I am going to steep cups 3 and 4 now in my giant mug. I will be back later with a recipe or two after I catch up on my email.