Studies: Tea Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk

Woman Opens Boulder Loose-Leaf Tea Company To Protect Others

A Boulder businesswoman swears by tea to reduce and prevent the reoccurrence of ovarian cancer.

In fact, Maria Uspenski created The Tea Spot to protect her daughters and others from the disease.

"Ovarian cancer is a very stealthy type of disease. In my case, I really had no idea. None of the symptoms were imposing enough to make me go see a doctor or think anything about it until I was at stage 3C, which means the tumor is at least an inch big and has spread to other areas outside the abdomen," said Uspenski.

A 2005 study found those who drank two or more cups of black tea were 46 percent less likely to get the disease than non-tea drinkers. The research involved 61,000 Swedish women.

An earlier study found those who drank green tea daily were 60 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer.

All teas contain polyphenols, according to Uspenski.

"Polyphenols are phytonutrients that appear to work as antioxidants by protecting the body's cells from free-radical damage." said food science and human nutrition specialist, Pat Kendall in a Column for Colorado State University.

Free-radical damage has been connected to cancer and heart disease.

Black, green and white teas all come from the Camellia sinensis plant

"Tea is like a banana or a potato, and it turns black as it oxidizes. Even though all the teas contain these polyphenols antioxidants, the black teas are a little higher in the anti-bacterial fighting ones (antioxidant). The green ones are a little higher in the anti-cancer antioxidants," said Uspenski.

White teas are less processed and higher in antioxidants than green teas, Uspenski said.

Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often misinterpreted, Dr. Mehmet Oz created a one-sheet quiz to help women determine the risks and get their doctors to take action.

To print out the quiz, click here.

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