Green Tea is one of the strongest cancer fighters around due to high amounts of polyphenols (antioxidant compounds) in the tea called catechins. Catechins appear to block the damaging effects of cancer causing agents by reducing enzyme activity that can create free radicals and directly kill those particles. Yes, green tea tells cancer cells to die! A 1997 study done at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio showed some amazing findings. Researchers noticed that the green tea catechins patched up oxidative damage to the cell wall to keep the cancer cell from leaking and contaminating the cells around it, but some of the oxidative damage inside the cell was left untouched so that the cell would die quicker. Once that cancer cell died, it could be replaced by a healthy cell. By forcing cancer cells to die early and stopping them from reproducing, the cancer cannot spread or grow and new tissue can grow in its place. Green tea has been shown to help prevent lung, breast, stomach, esophageal, and colon cancers.
Bottom line : Consume 3-10 cups of green tea daily to experience the tremendous benefits of this cancer fighting powerhouse.
(Balch, James F., The Super Antioxidants, M. Evans and Company, Inc. 1999; 177-178)
Beverages Green tea Ginger tea Pomegranate juice (no sugar added) Carrot juice Fiber Black beans Fruits and veggies Kidney beans Lentils Navy beans Pinto beans Whole grain pastas Split pea soup Whole grains Fruits and Veggies Apples Apricots Beets Bell peppers Blueberries Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cantaloupe Carrots Cauliflower Chard Dark grapes Grapefruit Kale Leafy greens (the darker, the better) Lemons Lentils Lime Mango Mushrooms Onion Oranges Pomegranate Radish Raspberries Rutabaga Spinach Squash Strawberries Sweet potatoes Tomatoes Turnip Herbs/Spices Basil Chives Cinnamon Curry Garlic Ginger Rosemary Turmeric Oils, Nuts/Seeds Pecans Walnuts Almonds Cashews Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds Hazelnuts Flaxseed and oil Olive oil Canola oil Whole Grains Brown Rice Flaxseeds Oats and oatmeal Quinoa Wheat
Foods to Avoid No fried foods No margarine or vegetable oils No peanuts/peanut oil/peanut butter No lamb or red meat No sugar (Stevia sweetener is okay) No “white foods” such as white flour, sugar, white rice, white pastas No cured or preserved meats such as ham/bacon/sausage/hot dogs/beef jerky/ bologna/salami/sandwich meats. No artificial sweeteners/additives/colorings No processed foods No barbeque or smoked foods
Feel free to print out this list and tape it to your pantry or fridge!