Consumption of herbal teas seem to be included in the daily intake. Especially for chamomile tea. In addition to provide a calming effect, chamomile tea can also help reduce the risk of thyroid cancer.
The conclusions derived from studies conducted on the population of Athens, Greece. From interviews conducted by researchers associated lifestyle, eating and drinking habits, found that those who consumed more chamomile tea for a long time, rarely have a benign tumor growth or thyroid malignancy.
"This study does not prove tea prevents cancer, but adds to the evidence that shows the potential health benefits of the Mediterranean diet which includes plenty of fish consumption, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, as well as tea," explained Dr. Athena Linos, environmental health researchers from Prolepsis, Greece.
The majority of people in Greece, said Dr. Linos, the Mediterranean diet. Relatively few cases of thyroid cancer that occurs in Greece can show that there is something in the diet, such as the consumption of tea, this is the difference.
Together with his colleague, Dr. Linos then conducted a study on cancer rates and feeding habits of the thyroid cancer patients admitted to hospital in the two regions in Athens. These patients were compared with those of healthy people without thyroid cancer or any other disease that is not associated with patients with benign thyroid tumors.
Them asked about medical history, diet and lifestyle, as well as the consumption of alcohol, coffee, and tea. The possibility of thyroid cancer or benign tumor growth trioid calculated based on the consumption of tea. The results were compared to the daily and weekly consumption of tea.
The researchers found that when chamomile tea consumption increased, the likelihood of malignancy of thyroid decreased significantly. Those who drank chamomile tea 2-6 times a week, about 70 percent less likely to experience a thyroid abnormality. While regular consumption for 30 years, the risk is down to 80 percent.
In addition to chamomile tea, the researchers also looked at the relationship between thyroid cancer with consumption of two other popular herbal tea in Greece, namely sage tea and tea mixture known as mountain tea. Although lowering the likelihood of malignancy, the relationship is not as strong tea like chamomile tea.
"Herbal tea, possibility to help protect against cancer or other diseases because of the components associated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties such as polyphenols and flavonoids," said Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
Still, lifestyle be thorough to be considered. It is probable that those who consume herbal teas are also more active and eat healthier foods.