Drink your prevention: Beverages with cancer preventive phytochemicals

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Specific alimentary habits, including oriental and Mediterranean diets characterized by high consumption of vegetables, fruits, cereals and, for the Mediterranean diet, olive oil, are associated with a reduction of risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and some cancers. Numerous beverages contain diverse natural compounds, termed phytochemicals, that have been reported to exert antitumor, antiangiogenic, and antioxidant properties. Here we review the chemopreventive and angiopreventive properties of selected phytochemicals found in common beverages: epigallocatechin (green tea), triterpenoids (citrus juices), resveratrol (red wine), xanthohumol (beer), procyanidin (chocolate), and caffeine (coffee), focusing on their molecular mechanisms, providing "ready to drink" prevention approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-722
Number of pages10
JournalPolskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnetrznej
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Beverages
  • Cancer prevention
  • Phytochemicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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