Looks like the Siamese cat is out of the bag! Experts have discovered consuming green tea may slow the progression of prostate cancer.

Some suggest great tea has many health benefits, such as halting Alzheimer's disease, reducing the negative effects of cholesterol and preventing cancer. But, these are largely unproven claims.

Worldwide, the tea market is worth roughly $941million, with green tea making up 20% of the total global production. But, with research like this, green tea's intrigue will surely grow.

For the study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, 26 men, ages 41 to 72, consuming a green extract for 34 days were found to have significant reductions of growth factors and prostate specific antigen. Both are associated with the development of prostate cancer.

Scientists insist most cancers are preventable and consuming plant-derived substances, compounds, nutrients and antioxidants play an important role in lowering the risk and progression of cancer.

Now, I don't have any gripe with tea. At a cool restaurant it's fun to chill out with a cup of tea, but the claims about tea's antioxidants are weird. Why drink a lot of tea - and have to pee all the time - when you can just as easily overhaul your diet with fruits and vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants, and other nutrients.

We shouldn't treat green tea as a magic potion, or some sort of ancient Chinese secret. Drinking gallons of green tea, but continuing to eat the same horrible American diet isn't going to do you much good.

Via: Nutra Ingredients.