Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Leukemia risk halved by green tea

Appearances can be deceiving. Case in point: Humble-looking green tea is so powerfully good for you that a recent study showed it can cut the risk of leukemia by half.

The study—led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health—examined nearly 900 participants and concludes that "[d]rinking sufficient amounts of tea, especially green tea, which contains more catechins than oolong tea and black tea, may reduce the risk of leukemia."

The full version of the paper, which was published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control, is available here.

Humble but healthy.

—Mellow Monk

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