Antioxidant content found in green tea reduces the risk of developing lung cancer in smokers and nonsmokers. Despite this good news, researchers warn that the most effective drug to prevent it is by removing the cigarette remains. Did the researchers in Taiwan prove it? Researchers found at least a cup of green tea a day can reduce the risk of it 13 times as many non-smokers and 5 times for smokers.
Researcher Dr.I-Hsin Lin of Chung Shan Medical University said that health effects of drinking it may alter the risk of cancer especially in smokers. Lin observed this protection effects comes from antioxidants, the polyphenols
To ensure that researchers investigate the influence of diet and lifestyle as many as 170 patients with cancer and 340 healthy people. Participants fill out a questionnaire consisting of questions about smoking history of green tea drinking habits and intake of fruit and vegetable diet. Participants were also asked about family history of cancer. Genetic tests are also conducted to assess whether there are genetic factors effect.
The researchers found tea drinkers with genetic factors for this cancer have better protection than 66% of tea drinkers with a genetic background different (with no history of lung cancer) reflects the pattern of findings is related to tea, genetic factors and the risk of cancer. Lin concluded that there is evidence that drinking it may reduce the risk of cancer, but smoking is the main initiator and promoter of carcinogenesis.