Thursday, May 6, 2010
Green Tea Polyphenols May Reduce Skin Cancer Cell Survival
It seems that a few times a month I read another article or study about the benefits of consuming green tea if you are concerned about cancer. This abstract of a study at the University of Maryalnd School of Medicine looked at skin cancer and green tea. EGCG appears to negatively impact two proteins that help skin cancer cells stay alive, thus leading to skin cancer cell death. This is only study, but one in a long line of studies that show similar results with different cancer cell lines.
While skin cancer isn’t specifically a concern of mine maybe it should be. I spent many summers in my youth lying on the beach covered in baby oil and getting burned. The cumulative effect of those burns is what is thought to lead to basal cell melanoma. Not a comforting thought is it?
I am going to continue to drink my 6 cups of green tea a day. In fact, I am going to make myself a double ginger green tea now and get back into the kitchen. Don't forget to have a little soy (I choose dry roasted edamame) to increase the effectiveness of both the tea and the soy. Talk to you all again soon.