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Cancer Growth Blockers: Green Tea & Garlic

More than 85% of breast cancers are sporadic and attributable to long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens, such as those in the diet, through a multistep disease process progressing from non-cancerous to pre-cancerous to malignant stages. How can we interrupt this process?

The chemical carcinogens formed in chicken, fish and other meats during cooking that I profiled in my last two Care2 posts Estrogens in Cooked Meat and Avoiding Cooked Meat Carcinogens are so effective at transforming normal human breast cells into breast cancer cells that researchers have used it as a model of cancer formation to test out various plant-based interventions. Visualize the Jekyll to Hyde breast cancer transformation here.

For example, three recent meta-analyses (compilations of individual studies) reviewing all the epidemiological (population-based) evidence concerning green tea consumption and breast cancer risk concluded that green tea consumption may be protective. Well, now researchers can put it to the test. See my 3-min. video Cancer, Interrupted: Green Tea to see what green tea can do to block the transition towards breast cancer caused by the cooked meat carcinogens.

More on the chemicals formed by exposing mammal/fish/bird muscles to high temperatures:

Any other feats green tea can pull off? See†Treating Genital Warts With Green Tea and†Treating Gorlin Syndrome With Green Tea.

Might white tea work even better? See†Antimutagenic Activity of Green Versus White Tea.

Any other plants that might be able to smack on the cancer kibosh? (I mean besides broccoli:†DNA Protection from Broccoli and†Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells)? What about garlic? Watch the above video pick to find out.

Should garlic be raw or cooked? See†How can I preserve the anti-cancer effects of cooked garlic?

I’ve previously profiled garlic in #1 Anticancer Vegetable (make sure to also watch its “prequel”†Veggies vs. Cancer).†Other foods that may protect DNA include kiwifruit (Kiwifruit and DNA Repair), cruciferous vegetables (DNA Protection from Broccoli), leafy vegetables (Eating Green to Prevent Cancer), and plants in general (Repairing DNA Damage).

What other dietary changes should we consider after a cancer diagnosis? See:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you havenít yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my 2012 year-in-review presentation†Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.

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A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at


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1:23PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:12AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Good info, thank you...

8:33AM PST on Mar 2, 2013


12:25AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thank you for the information. Good thing that I enjoy both garlic and green tea :)

3:14AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

It's always good to use resources from the nature

10:59AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

How beneficial Thank you

3:40PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thanks. Very useful information.

12:56PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thanks! Eat a clove of Garlic and you will be keeping everything/everybody away period!

12:51PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Green tea & cruciferous vegies do contain antioxidants & are good for fighting cancers (esp. according to Dr. Oz), but one does not necessarily have to stop consuming meat entirely. Watching one's intake of red meats, & how it gets cooked for those who eat meat, is a good idea. Well-done is really not good according to Dr. Oz as that leads to carcinogen prod. I eat little meat myself - mostly poultry, eggs, some cheese, lots of vegies, fruits, beans & occasionally pasta.

7:08AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

I know that there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site. Anyone know an herbal tea [that I can easily find] available for cataracts? Please message me, thank you.

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