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Tea expert Douglas Balentine, PhD, manager of beverage research for Lipton Co., emphasizes that so far research suggests benefits from Green Tea.

  • In many studies, Green Tea drinkers appear to enjoy better health. In a study in China, for example, tea drinkers had about 60% less cancer of the esophagus. Among 35,000-plus women in Iowa, those who drank at least 2 cups of tea a day had 60% less kidney and bladder cancer and 32% less cancer of the esophagus and colon.
  • In numerous animal and test-tube studies, compounds in Green Tea called catechins have been effective against a broad spectrum of cancers — including skin cancer. Dr. Mitscher found that one catechin, EGCG, was 100 times more potent than vitamin C and 25 times more potent than vitamin E.
  • Green Tea drinkers in the Netherlands had half the risk of fatal heart attacks. Experts credit compounds in tea called flavonoids that stop blood platelets from forming clots, much as aspirin does.

A Veggie You Can Drink?

Since tea comes from a plant, think of a glass of tea as a kind of vegetable broth — a very powerful vegetable broth. According to studies at Tufts University in Boston, one cup of green or black tea has more antioxidant power against the most common type of free radical in your body (the peroxyl radical) than 1/2 cup serving of broccoli, carrots, spinach, or strawberries.