Does drinking green tea reduce breast cancer risk?

Does drinking green tea reduce breast cancer risk?
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Researchers from The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University Shanxi in China performed a meta-analysis of the available scientific literature exploring whether or not drinking green tea can have a preventative effect on the incidence of breast cancer.

Published in the journal Medicine in 2019, their findings were fairly encouraging.

After identifying 14 studies that met their inclusion criteria, they found that those who had the habit of drinking green tea had a negative association with the risk of breast cancer to the tune of a 17% decrease in risk.

The decrease in risk they found may seem modest, but it is still no small deal.

Of course, further studies are needed, as the researchers themselves also suggest. More studies would be very beneficial in terms of determining whether or not there is a dose of green tea that is optimal compared to other dosages, whether there is such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to green tea consumption, as well as any potential harms or drawbacks.

With all that said, this seems like it could be another great tool in our cancer prevention toolbox. So be sure to talk to your licensed healthcare practitioner to see if green tea might be safe and appropriate to incorporate into your diet. (As always, this article is for informational purposes only.)

And for more information on the science behind green tea, click here!


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