Prostate cancer alternative:

Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in
the prostate gland. The prostate is a
small, walnut-sized structure that
makes up part of a man's reproductive
system. It wraps around the urethra,
the tube that carries urine out of the
body.


GREEN TEA EXCTRACT MAY SLOW
PROSTATE CANCER PROGRESS
Polyphenon E capsule (green tea
extract);
Active compounds in green tea may
slow down the progression of prostate
cancer. Capsules made using green
tea extracts called polyphenols
lowered levels of proteins that tumors
use to grow.
Made by Polyphenon Pharma, the
capsules called Polyphenon E contain
epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, a
green tea extract that has antioxidant
properties.
Jim Cardelli of Louisiana State
University Health Sciences Center in
Shreveport and colleagues tested 26
prostate cancer patients, aged from 41
to 68.
Blood tests showed levels of three
proteins associated with the growth
and spread of prostate cancer fell.
Hepatocyte growth factor or HGF fell
18.9% on average, vascular
endothelial growth factor or VEGF fell
by 9.9% and prostate specific antigen
PSA fell by 10.4%.
HGF and VEGF are produced when
tumors spread and some patients
showed "significant" reduction levels of
more than 30 percent.
Green tea can keep cancer from
growing very fast, but it may not be
able to shrink tumors.