Green tea, also known as camellia sinensis, has been consumed and used in medicine for many, many years by those who live in China and India (it’s native).  However, recently it’s become more popular in various other countries due to it’s health benefits.

Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and it’s one of the less processed types of tea and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols – making it a very popular health tea.

Nowadays, green tea is most popular for it’s cancer prevention properties. Many studies on green tea have suggested that this is due to the polyphenols and antioxidant compounds found in the tea which have demonstrated a greater antioxidant protection than vitamins C and E. In another study completed by the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in green tea have shown to decrease tumour growth in laboratory and animals studies. This may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet radiation.

Green tea may help decrease the risk of the following type of cancers:

  • Bladder
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Lung
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Skin
  • Stomach

It’s true that in the countries where the consumption of green tea is most popular, the lower the rates of cancer are – particularly the tea’s native countries, China and India. However, like all studies suggesting the benefits of medicine linking to cancer, it’s impossible to know just how accurate these studies are. But hey, what’s the harm in increasing our daily intake of green tea? I have about 3-4 cups a day to allow my body to consume all of the tea’s health benefits.

Links to other interesting documents and articles…

Green tea: Health benefits, side effects, and research

EGCG: Potent extract of green tea