How Drinking Green Tea Can Help Fight Breast-Cancer

by Sarah Jio, Glamour

You love your coffee, but maybe order this instead. Researchers say that it might help fight off breast cancer...

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It's been long known that a compound in green tea, Polyphenon E, may help fight breast cancer by messing with what's known as cancer's "growth factors."

Researchers at Columbia University took a look at Polyphenon E's affect on women, and they found something surprising: "After two months of Polyphenon E, there was a reduction in hepatocyte growth factor," says Katherine Crew, MD, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. "This is one of the growth factors that affect breast cancer cell growth, spread, and invasion. ...There really does seem to be something there. The new study provides a potential explanation for why green tea may help."

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OK, so you love coffee (and I do too!), but it wouldn't hurt to swap in green tea a few times a week, with prevention in mind.

Are you a green tea drinker?

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