June 23, 2009
Green Tea Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk?

A couple of studies suggest green tea delivers a protective effect against prostate cancer.

Cardelli and colleagues conducted this open-label, single-arm, phase II clinical trial to determine the effects of short-term supplementation with green tea's active compounds on serum biomarkers in patients with prostate cancer. The biomarkers include hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and prostate specific antigen (PSA). HGF and VEGF are good prognostic indicators of metastatic disease.

The study included 26 men, aged 41 to 72 years, diagnosed with prostate cancer and scheduled for radical prostatectomy. Patients consumed four capsules containing Polyphenon E until the day before surgery four capsules are equivalent to about 12 cups of normally brewed concentrated green tea, according to Cardelli. The time of study for 25 of the 26 patients ranged from 12 days to 73 days, with a median time of 34.5 days.

Findings showed a significant reduction in serum levels of HGF, VEGF and PSA after treatment, with some patients demonstrating reductions in levels of greater than 30 percent, according to the researchers.

Cardelli and colleagues found that other biomarkers were also positively affected. There were only a few reported side effects associated with this study, and liver function remained normal.

Results of a recent year-long clinical trial conduced by researchers in Italy demonstrated that consumption of green tea polyphenols reduced the risk of developing prostate cancer in men with high-grade prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN).

Mushrooms,, promegranate juice and vitamin D might all cut prostate cancer risk. Cutting carbs might help. You can read about still more dietary factors for influencing prostate cancer risk.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 June 23 11:12 PM  Aging Diet Cancer Studies

Ned said at June 24, 2009 5:17 AM:

And men over 50 (or over 40 if African-Amrican or with a positive family history) should have an annual digital rectal examination and a PSA test. This has been cited as the major cause for a sharply declining rate of prostate cancer deaths in the USA as compared to the UK.


Fat Man said at June 24, 2009 6:42 AM:

"Grteen Tea Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk?"

What is Grteen Tea?

I think you meant Green Tea.

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