Tea & Thyroid Cancer
An interesting study was done in Greece in which researchers polled residents about their lifestyles (eating and drinking habits). What they found was that those who reported drinking chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely than others to develop thyroid malignancies and benign growths.
The Mediterranean diet has been shown through other studies to be preventative against many diseases, including cancer.
The researchers found that those who drank chamomile tea two to six times per week were 70% less likely to contract thyroid abnormalities.
Researchers looked at two other types of tea (sage tea and mountain tea), and although they reduce the likelihood of malignancies, they do not decrease its likelihood as much as chamomile.
More studies need to be conducted, and tea is not the panacea for cancer protection. A healthy lifestyle approach is the best practice to help reduce risks of disease.
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