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Green tea reduces breast cancer risk

Green tea…and more healthy green tea! Here’s another great reason to make it your beverage of choice: A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition has reported that regular green tea consumption may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 12 percent. The study involved approximately 4,000 women in the U.S. and China. About half of the women subjects had breast cancer and the other half were observed as healthy controls.

Green tea is rich in water-extractable epigallocatechin gallate, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate and epicatechin polyphenols, and it’s these organic antioxidant compounds that prevent cell damage. Beyond cancer prevention, green tea has been found to promote weight loss and protect against Alzheimer’s.

Want to learn more about tea? Check out this New York Times page to learn all about the history, health benefits and brands of tea.

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