An ancient Chinese proverb says: “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one”.
I am rejoicing at this recent report from the Mayo Clinic. “ScienceDaily (June 4, 2010) — An extract of green tea appears to have clinical activity with low toxicity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients who used it in a phase II clinical trial, say researchers at Mayo Clinic.”
I don’t have this form of leukemia but a rare lesser one, T-cell LGL, also chronic, develops over a period of years. I’m in a low grade stage now, praying I remain that way. My blood levels are closely monitored. The hematologist says I may have a year before I need potentially toxic treatment. Kind of grim. So I’ve been researching like a mad woman to see what herbs, foods, and yes, teas are out there that might help boost my immune system and fight this stuff naturally. Thus far I’ve come across positive reports of taking Olive Leaf extract daily (Olive Leaf is amazing) plus extra vitamin C and ToCoQ10. To this I’ve added oregamax and oil of oregano, plus fish oil–all top quality, tested for purity, supplements. If anything I discover in my research is of help to others also traveling this path, I want to share it. According to this Mayo Clinic report, Green Tea Extract, (EGCG) — the major component of green tea–helps reduce the number of leukemia cells and shrink swollen lymph nodes (which I don’t have yet, but are also closely monitored).
Green tea extract also helps reduce the inflammation associated with radiation therapy, and is an aid in treating and preventing oral cancer. And fights bacteria…who knows what all green tea may help prevent or treat in the cancer and autoimmune world? I wonder how many cups of tea I’d have to drink a day to equal the extract? I will look into this more closely, consult my hematologist and report back. Meanwhile, hold onto hope, guys. Never give up, never surrender!