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Drinking green tea may help prevent prostate cancer in men with high risk of developing the disease, suggests a research.

The researchers, led by Nagi Kumar from Moffitt Cancer Center in the US, assessed the safety and effectiveness of the active components in green tea to prevent prostate cancer development in men who have pre-malignant lesions.

The researchers administered decaffeinated green tea capsules called Polyphenon E that contained a mixture of green tea substance called “catechins” twice a day.

Laboratory studies have shown that catechins inhibit cancer cell growth, motility and invasion, and stimulate cancer cell death.

The researchers compared the effects of Polyphenon E in 49 men to placebo tablets in 48 men over a one year treatment period.

The researchers found that people who had taken the green tea capsule had a significant decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

PSA is a biomarker that in combination with other risk factors is used to screen patients for prostate cancer, and high levels signify a higher risk of prostate cancer.

Green tea catechins also prevent and reduce tumor growth in animal models, the study noted.

Twenty percent of green tea is consumed in Asian countries where prostate cancer death rates are among the lowest in the world, the researchers said.

The study was published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

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Source: IANS

A lifestyle writer & editor for 8 years, Avantika Kukreti is a multi-platform media professional and has worked with some of the biggest media brands of India. She is fascinated by the dynamics of the social media and feels it’s the most-reliable news source in today’s times, if used wisely. Her recent three year stint in Shanghai has made her more health savvy after she watched the Chinese go lengths to maintain their fitness. When not working, she spends time watching Tom and Jerry, & Pocoyo re-runs with her daughter.