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Green tea can prevent lung cancer

Green tea has long been hailed as a natural medicine capable of treating diabetes, dementia, high cholesterol and obesity. It is thought compounds known as polyphenols in the tea help reduce inflammation, preventing damage to the genetic information in every cell.

Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.

Green tea contains polyphenols which are thought to improve health, particularly catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate.

A new study conducted in Taiwan has carried out the latest study and concluded that antioxidants found in the leaf can protect against the damage to DNA that eventually triggers lung cancer in people.

According to the researchers, green tea could reduce the risk of lung cancer both in smokers and non-smokers five-fold, the ‘Daily Express’ reported.

The results were most impressive in those who smoked regularly — slashing the risk of lung cancer by 12 times, the researchers said, who have based their findings on an analysis of a group of green tea drinkers and non-drinkers.

Green tea has been consumed throughout the ages in India, China, Japan, and Thailand. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant. Recently, it has become more widespread in the West, where black tea is traditionally consumed.

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