Green Tea Vs.Melanoma
Here’s another reason to reach for a cup of green tea. Research at the University of Wisconsin found that an antioxidant present in green tea is useful against malignant melanoma, the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer. Malignant melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin cancer because it’s aggressive, fast growing, and rapidly metastizes to other body parts – often quickly.
Melanoma accounts for only about 4% of all skin cancer cases, but most of skin cancer-related deaths. Although most types of cancer are more common in individuals of blood group A and AB, those of blood group O tend to have a lower survival rate from melanoma
Researchers have found evidence that green tea may be of value in inhibiting the migration (metastasis) of melanoma cells throughout the body. Green tea has also been studied to examine whether it can reduce the oxidative stress (damage to our DNA and our tissue by free radicals) associated by sun exposure.
They found that the antioxidant EGCG, alone or in conjunction with current therapies, could be useful for the management of melanoma. EGCG also directly protects our DNA by functioning as a histone deacetylase enzyme inhibitor. Histones are like body guards for our DNA. We want those histones in place. By inhibiting this enzyme, those histones can do their job and our DNA remains shielded. Damage to DNA(our genetic material in the nucleus of each cell) is the initiating step in the development of cancer cells. Anything that protects DNA from damage is of value in long term health.
Green tea has been one of the widely studied plants. The polyphenols in the plant have documented protective effects against free radicals, cardiovascular damage, some cancers, infections, as well as the removal of toxins. Rich in phytochemicals (primarily catechins). Green tea contains more of these catechins than black tea (25% vs. 4%).
To benefit from the many protective effects of green tea, consider drinking several cups daily! We particularly like Mr. Itaru’s Green Tea, sold in the Right 4 Your Type store, for its purity and high levels of protective properties.