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End of Endo, Green Tea helps eliminate Dioxins
January 26, 2004
Hi everyone

Welcome to End of Endo - your monthly newsletter to help you on your path to recovery from Endometriosis.

First of all let me wish you all a positive and optimistic start to the new year.

In this issue of End of Endo we are going to cover the health benefits of Green Tea. There is one health benefit in particular which will be very relevant for women with Endometriosis, and that is the ability of Green Tea to protect the body at a molecular level from the toxic effects of Dioxins.

Dioxins refers to a range of chemicals which are found extensively in the environment all over the world. They enter the body mainly through the food chain and have very damaging effects on the body. One of the effects of Dioxins is they are one form of Xenoestrogen. So they act on the body as a chemical version of estrogen.

As Endometriosis is fed by estrogen (in which ever form it takes - whether it be from the bodies own estrogen, plant based estrogen in the form of phytoestrogen, or chemical based estrogen in the form of xenoestrogen) then dioxins will make the symptoms of Endometriosis even worse. There are some authorities who feel that Dioxins may even be the initial cause of Endometriosis.

The fact that researchers are discovering that Green Tea can protect the body from the damaging effects of dioxins is valuable and valid advice for women with Endometriosis.

Green tea is actually the same plant as its more well-known cousin black tea; however, special processing retains a far greater antioxidant profile in green tea leaves, resulting in a far more superior beverage for supporting health. Numerous scientific studies now document the tremendous benefits of drinking green tea.

A study by researchers at Rochester University suggesting that green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists had initially known about. The researchers found chemicals in green tea that shut down a key molecule that can play a role in the development of cancer. The molecule - the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, or AH - can activate genes in a harmful way. Dioxins and tobacco smoke cause the molecule to trigger potentially harmful gene activity. Two chemicals in green tea - similar to the anti-cancer flavonoids in cabbage, broccoli, grapes, and red wine - inhibit AH activity.

There are numerous chemical contaminants which enter the body and cause their damaging effects through the molecular pathway. This same pathway is shut down by the active ingredients in Green Tea. These chemicals include dioxins, some PCBs, and some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons among others. (My partner who is a chemist helps me with some of this chemistry jargonese!)

Some of the numerous health benefits of green tea include:

Antiaging, Cancer fighting properties

Studies have shown that, taken in sufficient quantities, green tea can:

  • Block angiostatis, the new blood vessels tumors need to grow.
  • Inhibit metastasis, the process by which cancer spreads in the body
  • Reduce the production of DHT, a potent form of testosterone implicated in causing prostate cancer
  • Lower in incidence of lymph node metastasis in post menopausal women
  • Inhibit the onset of breast and colon cancer, as well as melanoma.
  • Enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy in ovarian cancer.
  • Help protect DNA from radiation induced damage
  • Can produce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in lung cancer patients, as well as protecting smokers from the onset of lung cancer.
  • Prevent inflammation and possible subsequent skin cancer when applied to the skin.
  • Can lower serum glucose and consequent insulin, reducing the possibility of tumors and immuneosuppresive hormones.

Cardio-protective Qualities

The use of adequate amounts of green tea can:

  • Increases the healthy function of the liver and pancreas
  • Lower LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lowers intestinal fat absorption
  • May act as natural calcium-channel blockers
  • Lower blood pressure because of its powerful vasodilatation properties
  • Protect the brain from oxidative stress
  • Raise the seratonin and dopamine levels in the brain
  • Diminish the incidence of iron induced epileptic seizures
  • Improve kidney function
  • Protect the body from the ravages of oxidized linoleic acid produced by heating margarine, corn and safflower oils.
  • Inhibit HIV virus replication
  • Promote dental health by inhibiting the growth of unwanted oral bacteria.
  • Destroy harmful intestinal bacteria and lowers the pH

Green tea provides powerful antioxidant polyphenols (estimated as 25X the antioxidant activity of vitamin E and 100X that of vitamin C) It promotes growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and decreases toxic bowel metabolites.
And of course, another key benefit is the ability to greatly boost the immune system.

I have included a simple stir fry recipe which includes the use of Green Tea, as well as other healthy ingredients.

Green Tea Stir-Fry with Garlic and Ginger

The distinctive flavours of cholesterol-lowering green tea, ginger, and garlic combine with heart-healthy vegetables in this simple dish. Serve it with brown rice or wheat-free noodles for a meal which is safe for the Endometriosis diet and packed full of goodness.

1 cup strong green tea
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoons tamari
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced on the diagonal
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup baby sweet corn

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons green tea (drink or discard the rest) and cornstarch. Whisk in sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.
2. In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil and sauté onion, mushrooms, until onion is clear and softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in ginger, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, baby sweet corn and broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes, until broccoli turns bright green. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and cook until the mixture just begins to bubble. Season with additional toasted sesame oil and hot pepper flakes, if desired.

The ususual way to use Green Tea is as an infused tea. Be careful where you buy your Green Tea, as some manufacturers use tea bags which contain compounds that turn into Dioxins. This is because the tea bag is impregnated with an anti-fungal agent. You can either buy your tea loose or shop around for chemical free tea bags.

While on the subject of recipes ...........
For a treat try this yummy ice cream recipe which is totally safe for a diet for Endometriosis - no sugar and no dairy. Coconut is the main ingredient, and coconut is very good for your health. I will be doing a full feature on Coconut Oil in the near furture in Endo of Endo because of its wonderful health benefits.

Coconut Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS: 1 ripe coconut (thick, white flesh)
2 pints canned coconut milk

1. Crack coconut using a hammer and screwdriver to extract the milk.
2. Scoop out the flesh and pour about 1/2 pound of flesh and 2 pints of canned coconut milk into a blender. Blend at moderate speed.
3. Pour extracted milk into blender and add fruit (blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.) if desired. Blend at same speed.
4. Put the mixture into a bowl and place in freezer. Stir frequently.
5. When mixture is cold and thick (hard to stir), it's ready to eat.
Serves 2-3

Yours with healing thoughts

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