Phillip Minton M.D.

Synergy Likely Important for Dietary Cancer Prevention

In cancer, Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

New studies of the anti-cancer effects of green tea extracts point not only to some of the most significant probable mechanisms of action of green tea against cancer but also seek to ascertain required dosages to attain cancer-stunting results from green tea or its extracts. Thus far, the required dosages seem quite high. Evidently you would need to drink high quality green tea all day and night to reach therapeutic levels. The obvious alternative, at first blush, seems to be to consume the active compounds in a purified and concentrated nutritional supplement form. But perhaps there is an alternative.

It will not surprise me that future studies will show that achieving the required therapeutic dose is best achieved by consuming several food types each day that all contribute to reach the required dose. A prime example of this may be to consume chocolate and green tea to reach the bioflavonoid dose needed to attain anti-cancer effects. 

Even more intriguing is the possibility that synergy will be found between active beneficial compounds in various foods that act on each other to lower the total dose of any one of them required to achieve a health goal. Let’s see what science reveals. Meanwhile, it seems wise to enjoy an array of healthy foods and drinks each day.



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