20 Foods That Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / March 1st, 2019

12. Green Tea

Green Tea

Some laboratory studies have shown that extracts from green tea can stop cancer cells from growing. Green tea contains substances called polyphenols, and a sub-group called catechins, which scientists think give antioxidant properties. Researchers have notably found that matcha green tea has properties that combat breast cancer stem cells. Matcha is a type of green tea in a powdered form originating from Japan.

While these lab results are encouraging, the research is still at an early stage, and more human studies need to be done to make those results 100% accurate. One fact we know is that tea is drunk widely across Japan, and the rates of many cancers are much lower there than in other parts of the world. Japan is ranked 43 on the list of countries by cancer rate based on the 2018 GLOBOCAN statistics and including all cancer types. Australia holds first position, the US fifth position and the UK thirteenth position.

Not convinced? Green tea is one of the best antioxidants known and therefore very good for your body, so make sure you drink at least one cup a day. It can improve your digestion and cerebral functions and elevate your mood.


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