We chose green tea this month because of its continued popularity around the world as an antioxidant. A beverage consumed worldwide for its purported health benefits, green tea is derived from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a stimulant, diuretic, for wound healing, and to improve heart health. Currently, green tea and its extracts are utilized to prevent and treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis and cancer. Green tea has been shown to exert chemopreventive effects, and clinical trials are underway to determine its benefits in cancer care. Read more about green tea in the MSKCC monograph.
The last two decades have seen a significant increase in dietary supplement use by cancer patients. Despite the proliferation of web sites that contain information about dietary supplements, finding a reliable source can be overwhelming. This monthly resource is provided with thanks to the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which maintains a free website, “About Herbs” (www.mskcc.org/aboutherbs), with objective and unbiased information about herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements, as well as unproven anticancer treatments. Each of the 275 and growing number of entries has healthcare professional and patient versions that are regularly updated with the latest research findings. The free About Herbs App, compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices, can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/about-herbs/id554267162?mt=8.