Men who drank green tea in the weeks leading up to an operation to remove the prostate due to cancer showed less disease-related inflammation post-surgery than their non-tea-drinking counterparts, according to a recent study. Researchers noted the decreased inflammation may inhibit tumor growth. "To see this effect, you would need to drink a lot of green tea," said study author Susanne Henning. "In fact, we had our men drink six cups spread out all throughout the day, which I think was beneficial because green tea polyphenols are excreted very rapidly, so if you drink it that way you keep your levels up. And that seems to be the important factor in keeping the protection going."