| Green tea has been consumed thousands of years in Asia where it is thought to promote good health and still remains one of the most popular beverages in China and Japan. All tea is the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant.
The three main types of tea are black, green and oolong. Harvesting and processing green tea is very labor intensive. It is usually hand plucked; only the first two leaves and the bud are harvested.
Epidemiological observations, have shown that people in Japan and China (green tea drinking countries) have very low rates of cancer. In Western countries, epidemiological observations tend to confirm that a higher consumption of green tea is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.
The health benefits (especially the anti-cancer properties) of green tea have been attributed to the catechins of green tea, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) which exhibit important anti-cancer properties. EGCg may also have a role in cancer prevention.
Drinking four cups of green tea a day is beneficial but ten cups or more of green tea daily is required for measurable benefit. The recommended daily dose of CAPSOL-T® (6 capsules, one every four hours) prepared from decaffeinated green tea concentrate provides the green tea ingredients equivalent to 16 cups of green tea every 4 hours such that potentially therapeutic levels in the blood are maintained throughout the day. This is important because the CAPSOL-T® must be present at the surface of cancer cells at growth-limiting concentrations for at least 12 to 72 hours in order to initiate cancer cell death by apoptosis. If the cells do not die and the CAPSOL-T® levels fall, their growth may resume.