Green Tea

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Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.

-Ancient Chinese Proverb

Did you know…

Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).

What does this mean?

Many laboratory studies in cell cultures and animals have shown green tea acts against cancer cells.   -American Cancer Society

Studies have suggested that the combination of green tea and EGCG may also be beneficial by providing protection against certain types of cancers, including breast cancer.   -Science Daily

ECGC is “one of the most powerful nutritional molecules against the formation of new blood vessels by cancerous cells. “  -David Servan Schreiber, MD, PhD

Green tea has been a part of traditional Asian diets for centuries.  It is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen tree.  Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea is minimally processed.  This maximizes the presence of polyphenols and antioxidants in the tea leaves.  An excellent and complete discussion of green tea is available here.

While the complete story on the health ramifications of drinking green tea are incomplete, it does no harm and according to some research, may be a healthy addition to an anti-cancer diet.  

For further reading on green tea: 

Matcha-Even More Powerful Than Green Tea?

 

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