Chamomile tea may lower thyroid cancer risk

Chamomile tea may lower thyroid cancer risk

Chamomile tea is well known for its relaxing and immune boosting benefits. It has a way of warming and soothing the soul during tough times. There are two types of chamomile: German and Roman. They both have benefits, but German kind is considered more potent and has been researched extensively. This tea has a wide range of benefits, and is essential addition to your pantry.

New research from Greece shows that chamomile tea may lower thyroid cancer risk.

Thyroid cancer rates are significantly lower in Greece when compared to the United States. Out of every 100,000 people in Greece, only about 1.6 are diagnosed with thyroid cancer every year. In the United States, about 13.2 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer annually.

In addition to the Mediterranean diet consumed in Greece, herbals teas such as chamomile are also often consumed.

The study showed that those who drank chamomile tea two to six times a week had a 70 percent lower risk of thyroid cancer, and those who drank it regularly for 30 years had an 80 percent reduced risk.

As written in the study: “Although in the last decade several studies have addressed the protective role of black and green tea on several diseases, including cancer, there are only few and controversial studies on the effect of tea on benign and malignant thyroid diseases.…Our findings suggest for the first time that drinking herbal teas, especially chamomile, protects from thyroid cancer as well as other benign thyroid diseases.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading physician and health expert writes: “It’s likely that naturally occurring flavonoids, such as apigenin, are responsible for some of chamomile’s anti-cancer effects.”

Flavonoids are types of antioxidants that fight disease-causing free radicals. Antioxidants are believed to help fight serious diseases including heart disease and cancer.

In a recent study from the journal Hormones & Cancer, when cancerous mice were implanted with the flavonoid apigenin, the cancerous growth slowed and the tumors shrunk.

The study showing that chamomile tea may lower thyroid cancer risk was published in The European Journal of Public Health.

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1. “The Effect of Greek Herbal Tea Consumption on Thyroid Cancer: A Case-control Study.” Oxford University Press. The European Journal of Public Health, 4 Apr. 2015. Web. 01 June 2015.
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4. “Apigenin Induces Apoptosis and Blocks Growth of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate-dependent BT-474 Xenograft Tumors.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Hormones & Cancer, Aug. 2012. Web. 01 June 2015.

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