Green Tea: Powerful Antioxidant, May Prevent Cancer

Next to coffee and not including water, green tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It is enjoyed by many cultures and has been gaining popularity in the West. When compared to coffee in their respective dry forms, it has more caffeine but when brewed it does contain a lesser amount. Historically, the tea has been used for its medicinal purposes ranging from controlling bleeding to promoting digestion. Many claims have been made about the use of the beverage and the fact that it is made up of various naturally occurring chemicals that promote healing properties in the body. One of these chemical is labeled a polyphenol which was found to have a very potent anti-oxidant known asĀ EGCG. Research has been done on a global scale and has included both animal and human testing. There is some debate worldwide about the health claims that can be directly given the popular beverage. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to allow any direct health claims regarding the substance's ability to affect disease. As recent as 2006 though, the FDA...
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