Is Green Tea Good for Prostate Health?
Green tea has been hailed for centuries for its numerous health benefits and its balmy flavor. But could it offer a benefit for prostate health, too? Here’s what experts have to say.
The Potential Benefits
Studies have found that a compound in green tea, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), may have potential health benefits. This includes protection against prostate cancer and possibly shrinking or slowing the growth of cancers.
In animal studies, EGCG or combinations of polyphenols, such as those found in green tea, have been linked to reductions in inflammation and prostate size.
That said, further studies on humans are needed.
How to Consume Green Tea
If you’re considering adding green tea to your diet, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider. They can advise on the best approach for you as an individual.
You can purchase green tea in loose-leaf form, as teabags, and as a tincture or supplement.
- Loose-leaf green tea — Place 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves into an infuser and place it into a cup of hot, but not boiling, water. Simmer for 4 minutes and then discard the infuser.
- Green tea bags — Steep a single teabag in a cup of hot, but not boiling, water for 3 minutes.
- Tincture or supplement — Follow the dosage on the bottle, typically 1 dropper per cup of hot, but not boiling, water.
It’s generally safe to drink green tea but there are potential side effects. These include:
- Upset stomach
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Stimulation of the nervous system
If you experience any of these symptoms, stop drinking green tea and talk to a healthcare provider. Most people can enjoy up to 4 cups of green tea per day without experiencing side effects.
The Bottom Line
Experts are exploring the potential benefits green tea may have on prostate health. However, more research is needed to understand exactly how green tea affects prostate health and whether it offers any advantages. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before making significant changes to your diet.
In most cases, taking in moderate amounts of green tea is considered to be safe and may offer other health benefits, such as supporting heart health.