Oolong Tea Extracts Help Combat Breast Cancer: Study
If you are a tea lover then there is good news for you as a team of researchers have found that oolong tea extracts can have many health benefits apart from preventing breast cancer.
Oolong tea is a type of Chinese tea which has benefits for heart and brain and also prevents diabetes.
Green tea also showed similar promise. However, black and dark tea had little effect on the cells, as per the study.
From our results, oolong tea, much like green tea, plays a role in inhibiting breast cancer cell growth, proliferation and tumour progression, said one of the researchers from St. Louis University in Missouri.
Oolong tea, same as green tea, can induce DNA damage and cleavage, play an inhibitory role in breast cancer cell growth, proliferation and tumorigenesis. It has great potential as a chemopreventive agent against breast cancer, the team added.
Furthermore, researchers analysed the rates of breast cancer and deaths from the disease across China.
The team also found that the incidence of breast cancer in the Fujian province was 35 per cent lower than the national average.
The death rate of high consumers of oolong tea in Fijian was 68 per cent lower than the national average, findings further revealed.
"The lower incidence and mortality in regions with higher oolong tea consumption indicate that the tea has great potential for its anti-cancer properties," said lead author Chunfa Huang, Associate Research Professor at the varsity.
Prevention and early diagnosis was key to improving future health prospects, the study said.