About ten years ago, Western research figured out that green tea was a nutritional
powerhouse. After all, in Asian countries where green tea is consumed throughout the
day, cancer rates tend to be much lower, although there are probably other factors
contributing to that fact, like less processed food and red meat in the standard
Turns out that green tea is one of the best sources of polyphenols, or plant-based
antioxidants, which have disease-fighting properties and can halt the degenerative
process in cells.
In addition, studies show that drinking green tea (and to a lesser extent, oolong
and black tea) regularly not only correlates to reduced risks of certain kinds of
cancer, it can help mitigate high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, IBS, and
many other ailments. Some researchers think it might also be useful for staving off
wrinkles and helping with weight loss.