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Tea Tea is one of the single best cancer fighters

"Tea is one of the single best cancer fighters you can put in your body," according to Mitchell Gaynor, 

MD, director of medical oncology at the world-renowned Strong Cancer Prevention Center in New York City and co-author of Dr. Gaynor's 

Cancer Prevention Program. The latest tea discovery? Strong evidence that both green and black tea can fight 

cancer-at least in the test tube-though green tea holds a slight edge. In a new study, both teas kept healthy cells from 

turning malignant after exposure to cancer-causing compounds. Prevention, May 2000People who drink about 4 cups of green tea a 

day seem to get less cancer. Now we may know why. In recent test-tube studies, a compound called EGCG, a powerful antioxidant 

in tea, inhibited an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to grow. The cancer cells that couldn't grow big enough to divide self-destructed. 

It would take about 4 cups of green tea a day to get the blood levels of EGCG that inhibited cancer in the study. Black tea also 

contains EGCG, but at much lower concentrations. Prevention, Aug 1999