Green Tea Reduces Heart Disease Risk

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2009-09-09 09:24

People who make green tea a regular part of their lifestyle may significantly reduce their risk of death from heart disease and colorectal cancer. According to scientists in Japan, consuming seven cups of green tea daily for the long-term is necessary to gain this benefit.

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The benefits of green tea have been reported by the Chinese since ancient times, when it was used to treat headache, depression, and a wide variety of ailments. Scientific research has since provided evidence to support some of the traditional claims, as well as new ones. In 1994, for example, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer by nearly 60 percent. A more recent study (August 2009) reported that green tea could be helpful against bladder cancer. Green tea has also been credited with lowering cholesterol and helping with weight loss.

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