So I have been thinking a lot about the big C word since my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a year ago. I came home from college and noticed she was drinking huge water-bottles full of green tea. When I asked her why she handed me a book written by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber titled "Anticancer: A New Way of Life." So, I read.
This wonderful combination of story-telling, healing advice, and cancer research is a great read for anyone suffering from or affected by cancer. It also happens to be a book about nutrition, the sins of our industrial system and learning to strengthen the immune system in society that has become defined for it's empty calories and chemical additives.
In no way does Dr. Servan-Schreiber recommend cancer patients come off chemotherapy to pursue a natural foods diet. He only offers suggestions to increase the body's own ability to fight inflammation. He does not lose credibility by attempting to promote miracle cures or new products, but make your own judgement by checking out his website. He simply encourages a healthy lifestyle, natural foods, and stress relief. A corner stone in his recommended diet is the daily consumption of green tea.
In a Japanese study of women already diagnosed with early stage (non-metastasized) breast cancer who consumed at least three cups of green tea a day had a 57 percent fewer relapses than women who drank one cup or less a day.
According to Dr. Gingras Beliveau, three cups of green tea provides enough polyphenols to block most activity of VEGF receptors. VEGF receptors allow cancer cells to invade tissue and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. Fact Check.
Green tea works in same way that many pharmaceutical drugs do, but without negative side effects or costly prescriptions. Drink up!