By Dr. Mercola
Herbal teas can be a rich source of beneficial compounds like polyphenols and flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Simply sipping a cup here and there, without leading an accompanying healthy lifestyle, may not make a major difference in your health, but among people in Greece, many of whom follow a healthy Mediterranean diet, herbal tea turned out to be quite protective against cancer.
Three types of herbal tea stood out for their anti-cancer potential, but out of the varieties (chamomile, sage, and mountain teas), chamomile took center stage, outshining the other two in terms of cancer prevention.
Drinking Chamomile Tea May Reduce Thyroid Cancer Risk by Up to 80 Percent
Rates of thyroid cancer are significantly lower in Greece than they are in the US and Europe. In Greece, about 1.6 per every 100,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, compared to rates of 13.2 and 5.2 per 100,000 in the US and Europe, respectively.1
In addition to the fresh vegetables and healthy fats upon which the Mediterranean diet is centered, Athens residents often enjoy herbal tea, and the study found that the more chamomile tea consumed, the lower the risk of thyroid cancer became.
Specifically, those who drank chamomile tea two to six times a week had a 70 percent lower risk of developing thyroid abnormalities while those who drank it regularly for 30 years had an 80 percent lower risk.2 According to 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.”
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