While nothing will guarantee you will never get cancer, new scientific discoveries are showing you can reduce the likelihood A LOT.

Cancer is currently resulting in the deaths of at least one quarter of our population. Thirty three percent will contract cancer so not everyone dies from it but the chances are not great. By the way, the ones they do save are usually pretty badly cut up in surgery, poisoned by chemotherapy and burned by radiation. All these procedures have less than pleasant side effects. Given that the medical system only saves one quarter of those who get cancer, the best strategy is to reduce the chances of getting it.

How realistic is it to reduce our chances of getting cancer or any of the other major degenerative diseases? Well the science is starting to show some very interesting findings. Here is an example of some researched conclusions published in one of the top scientific journals.

Maybe it is legitimate to conclude from this work that our choices reduce our chances of getting severe degenerative diseases down to 10 to 30%. If we just look at our chances of contracting cardiovascular disease and cancer it seems to be around 80% without lifestyle intervention.

Is it worth it to make the effort to lower the likelihood of such problems? It is your choice. My choice is to do what I can and I have a nutritional program, to help with this endeavour. A big component of that plan is a supplement of green tea extract. To give you some background, green tea has rapidly entered the American (and Australian) market as a claimed cure and preventative for almost everything that ails mankind. It seems too good to be true, but now we are finding out that it is true. Recent studies reveal green tea’s benefits as an antioxidant, promoter of glucose tolerance, protector of the liver and detoxification system, and benefactor of the cardiovascular system. Two recent studies show that green tea is also a powerful agent in the prevention and cure of cancers.

“The March, 2008 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, contains a study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In a population based study in Washington state, 781 women with epithelial ovarian cancer diagnosed between 2002 and 2005, and 1,263 controls completed self-administered questionnaires detailing consumption of caffeinated and non-caffeinated coffee, teas, and colas. They also completed in-person interviews regarding reproductive and hormonal exposures.

“Researchers assessed risk associated with coffee, tea, and cola drinking and with total caffeine consumption using logistic regression to calculate odds ratios and confidence intervals. Results indicate that neither caffeinated nor decaffeinated coffees were associated with ovarian cancer risk. Among teas, neither herbal/decaffeinated nor black teas were associated with risk. However, women who reported drinking green teas had a 54% reduction in risk of ovarian cancer.

“In the second study from Cancer Biology and Therapy, researchers from the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an China, reported progress in identifying the underlying mechanism by which green tea possesses therapeutic cancer effects through induction of apoptosis (programmed cell death) in colorectal cancer. Two different lines of colorectal cancer cells were treated with different concentrations of green tea, which led to repression of cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis in both cell lines.

“The results of these studies suggest that green tea may also be a factor for inducing apoptosis in breast cells and endometrial cells, thereby acting as both a preventative and a factor in the cure for these cancers.”

The above information was part of a long article by Barbara L. Minton.

The repercussions of this information are extensive and very exciting, especially the words “prevention and cure of cancers”.

There are some challenges with just drinking a heap of green tea. Firstly, tea production has virtually no quality controls so you may be slurping many cups of green tea where the active ingredients [polyphenols] are not present. Secondly, toxicity in the tea from spraying in an uncontrolled environment may cause more harm than good. Thirdly, the caffeine in green tea is not desirable.

At Revival, we recommend a Green Tea extract supplement where each capsule equates to 7 cups of green tea. The supplement has no caffeine and consists of 97% pure polyphenols and 67% catechins, which is the most concentrated level available in a supplement. The ingredients are screened to pharmaceutical standards for toxicity before the batch is released to production. Debbie and I take this supplement every day. It just makes so much sense when you see the science. At just $28 per bottle we consider it to be one of the best investments in future health we have found.

A doctor friend experienced elevated PSA and then took Tegreen for 6 months, after which his PSA was normal again. He was relieved not to have to confront surgery, chemotherapy or whatever else was in store for him.

Everyone over 40 would be very well advised to take this supplement daily for very obvious reasons.

About the Author: Steve Alexander has been a natural health practitioner since 1992. He has seen the Health and Wellness industry evolve and change and brings a wealth of experience to his clients. He is a co-founder of the Revival Company and currently works with clients by appointment.