With millions of women lacking adequate health insurance and access to medicine, many are starting to turn to alternatives that have their roots in ancient holistic traditions.
Much has been made of the antioxidizing qualities of green tea, a substance that has been revered by Asian cultures for its medicinal qualities for many hundreds of years.
“In 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent” (Journal of the National Cancer Institute).
Now, a new study is supporting the claims that green tea is a very valuable medicinal substance by finding that “Japanese women, but not Japanese men, who regularly drink 5 or more cups daily appear about 20 percent less likely to develop stomach cancer” (Reuters).
The findings of the study, which rexamined the results of six previous research projects, was published in the gastrointestinal journal, Gut. The current study reviewed the cases of “more than 219,000 men and women 40 years and older, who were followed from about 7 years to more than 11 years. Overall, about four in five of the participants reported drinking green tea daily, with about a third drinking five or more cups per day.”
Over the course of the studies, about 2500 of the approximately 100,000 men, and about 1000 of the more than 118,000 women that participated developed stomach cancer.
Reduced risk results were found mostly in women that reported drinking more than five cups of green tea every day.
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