Drinking green tea could help reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer, according to new research.
Scientists from Japan's National Cancer Centre claim that men who drink five or more cups a day may reduce their risk levels by up to 50 per cent compared with men who drink only one cup a day.
However Norie Kurahashi, who helped conduct the study, stressed that this does not mean people who drink green tea are guaranteed a reduced risk.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, compiled data from 50,000 participants over a 14-year period.
The research team claims that green tea contains an abundance of catechin, a substance which may inhibit cancerous cell growth.
According to Cancer Research, prostate cancer is the second common cancer found in British men. In 2003 nearly 1,900 UK men were diagnosed with the disease.
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