Green Tea Can Help to Prevent Skin Cancer

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and that herbal tea is not really a tea at all since its contents are not from the Camellia sinensis bush? For centuries green tea has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. It has only been more recently recognized in the western world for its benefits.

Skin is crucial when it comes to protecting internal organs against the harsh effects of environmental agents. Wrinkles, hypopigmentation,hyperpigmentation and cancer are negative reactions from solar UV radiation. When serums and creams with green tea extracts are applied to skin, scientist have found that it provides skin protection from UV light. A study has also shown that drinking green tea protects human cellular DNA from UV and DNA damage after tea ingestion.

Green tea is best known for its health benefits in many organs as well as in general health. Green tea contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols over black tea because green tea leaves are not fermented before steaming and drying. Antioxidants can counteract the effects of free radicals that are byproducts of the body that can cause cell and tissue damage. Antioxidants deactivate free radicals by binding to them before they can cause harm. The National Cancer Institute has studied the polyphenols in tea and found that tumor growth decreases in laboratory studies and learned that polyphenols may protect cells against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.

Hot green tea has the highest polyphenol concentration. Polyphenols are thought to be responsible for the health benefits that have traditionally been attributed to green tea. When activated by green tea, detoxification enzymes may also help protect against tumors developing.

An effective strategy for preventing inflammation-associated skin diseases including UV irradiation-caused skin tumor development could be to routinely drink 5 to 6 cups of green tea or use topical treatments on skin with green tea polyphenols to provide efficient protection against the harmful effects of solar UV radiation. Many of the potential positive effects of tea have been attributed to the antioxidant activity of tea polyphenols, the precise mechanism by which tea might help prevent cancer is not currently inconclusive.

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Selected References

Tea and Cancer Prevention

Green Tea Prevents Non-melanoma Skin Cancer By Enhancing Dna Repair

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