Drinking green tea may offer some significant protection against lung cancer according to a medical study conducted at a Taiwan University. The tea study conducted among 500 people may answer the question does green tea have anti-cancer powers.
In the lung cancer study, smokers and non-smokers who drank at least a cup of green tea a day significantly cut their lung cancer risk. A U.S. cancer research conference was given a report of the findings. People carrying a certain gene had the greatest protection.
Green tea drinkers whether they were smokers or non-smokers who carried the gene called IGF1, were far less likely to develop lung cancer than other green tea drinkers with different types of the same gene.
Yinka Ebo, of Cancer Research UK, warned that the green tea lung cancer study should not be used as an excuse to keep smoking. Ebo says there are 80 or so cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke that attack your lungs, and drinking green tea no matter how much will not compensate for that.
Smoking in most cases causes irreparable harm to a persons lungs and no matter what other healthy things are done there is no making up for that smoking habit.
Green tea is made from the dried leaves of the plant Camellia sinesis and is a popular beverage across all of Asia. The rates of various types of cancer is much lower in Asia than other parts of the world. Laboratory studies have shown that polyphenols an extract of green tea can stop cancer cells from growing.
A tea study review conducted by the Oxford based research group Cochrane in July, 2009 involving 1.5 million people and 51 studies on green tea and cancer, showed no adverse effects from drinking green tea but there is still some conflicting information as to whether it can prevent certain cancers.