Health

Is there Any Correlation Between Green Tea and Cancer?

It’s a disease you probably hear a lot about. While cancer can seem quite scary (perhaps even scarier are the side-effects of the chemotherapy), you might have heard time and time again about the health benefits of drinking tea. While tea might not be a magical cure for many diseases, their are some generally understood benefits to drinking it. For over a thousand years people have written about and discussed the benefits of this interesting drink.

According to Mt. Sinai, “Several population-based studies suggest that both green and black teas help protect against cancer…cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea…it is not possible to know for sure from these studies whether green tea actually prevents cancer in people.” We try to stay away from making outright health claims at Den’s Tea as we are neither scientists nor health professionals. That being said, research seems to reflect that green tea might be able to help us ward off cancer. It is fair to say that much depends on the form of cancer, overall mental health, and lifestyle choices of the individual consuming the tea. While the effects of green tea on some forms of cancer had inconclusive results, some other cancers, particularly ovarian, that were studied seem to show that green tea might help to reduce the risk of getting these forms of cancer and even to help us live longer if we do get them.

Another interesting point was with regards to skin cancer. There is a polyphenol in tea called EGCG. It looks like this polyphenol can help to reduce the risk of getting skin tumors because of its, “…anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.” People actually use green tea masks in their daily beauty routine perhaps because of the EGCG in tea. While it is not exactly the same, it can be fun to take the left over brew and rub your hands and face with it. The smell can be amazing and your skin might feel smoother.

For your physical health, mental wellbeing, and overall enjoyment of drinking tea, it is important to get your hands on some high quality tea. High quality doesn’t have to mean expensive, but it does imply teas that are not soaked in pesticides, not grown in poor soil, not tea in teabags that are unclean, etc. Some the best tea comes from wild tea plants, bushes, and trees or from tea fields and gardens set close to or within forests. Our Hashiri Shincha, for example, is produced in such a place; surrounded by the lush, diverse ecosystem of Shizuoka. Our contracted tea farmers did an amazing job. So, if you are going to be getting into tea, we definitely recommend getting the high quality stuff that is clean, delicious, and reliable.

Of course, it is recommended to consult with your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about tea. Tea might not be a magical cure, but it is something that we can use to enhance our bodies and brighten our hearts. Follow out instagram and tiktok for more tea content and subscribe to our newsletter by visiting our website and entering your email address in the designated area at the bottom of any page.