Testicular Cancer and Green Tea

Testicular Cancer and Green Tea by LIVESTRONG.COM

Overview

Testicular cancer is cancer that begins in a testicle, which is the primary male sex gland and produces the male sex hormones and sperm. In the United States, testicular cancer is fairly rare, accounting for only 1 percent of all cancers in men. Germ cell tumors are the most common forms of cancer found in the testicle. They are generally curable, if caught early and treated promptly. Green tea has been thought to protect against testicular cancer.

Plant Description

Green tea is a common beverage consumed in Asia to promote health and satisfy thirst. It is made by steeping the prepared leaves of the green tea plant called Camellia sinensis in hot water. Camellia sinensis is a big shrub with evergreen leaves, belonging to the family Theaceae. Today, green tea extract is a popular herbal remedy used primarily for preventing and treating various chronic human illnesses, such as cancer.

Green Tea Composition

The effect of green tea on several forms of cancer is mainly due to the presence of polyphenol components in green tea, especially the catechin called epigallocatechin, a biologically active molecule with antioxidant properties. Green tea also contains volatile oils, alkaloids, caffeine, vitamins and minerals in varying amounts.

Green Tea and Testicular Cancer

Green tea's antioxidant activity may prevent cancer of the testicle. The mechanism of this action is not fully understood, but scientists consider that antioxidants inhibit the formation of highly energized oxygen metabolites or free radicals, thereby preventing cellular damage -- which is the most common pathway for cancer. Free radicals can build up within cells and tamper with DNA, causing harmful mutations which can cause cells to grow out of order or control.

Precautions

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized green tea as safe, women must avoid consuming green tea during pregnancy and lactation, since it may interfere with iron metabolism in infants, causing anemia. People suffering from gastric ulcers also must not consume large amounts of green tea because it stimulates the production of gastric acid, causing severe heartburn.

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Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/364996-testicular-cancer-green-tea/#ixzz1C3X4WEFN

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