Sunday, October 10, 2004

Why freshly brewed green tea is the best source of catechins

A study published in Harvard Women's Health Watch found that green tea has many positive health effects because of its high content of flavonoids -- plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. The article reports that green tea is more effective than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to the body's cells, and that there is "an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder."

Importantly, the study found that freshly brewed green tea is the best way to get the tea's flavonoids. "Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations, and instant teas have less of these compounds."

This not only reaffirms the huge body of scientific evidence about the health benefits of green tea, but also underscores how the best way to get those beneficial compounds is by consuming the tea in its natural state, not as an extract or otherwise pre-processed product.

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