Green Tea Protects Against DNA Damage
When reaching for your morning brew, consider green tea first. Here’s why: New research shows it can help keep your cells young. After drinking green tea every day for a month, subjects in combined methodology — human supplementation trial and an in vitro — study experienced a 20% reduction in DNA damage, according findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers recruited 18 healthy subjects who were randomly assigned to drink two cups of green tea daily for four weeks. When their body fluids were analyzed, there was a 20% reduction in DNA damage, even though oxidative stress biomarkers remained the same. It appears that green tea’s compounds act as kryptonite against free radicals.
Can hundreds of studies be wrong? This research adds to the ever-growing body of science that shows the potential benefits of green tea: reducing the risk of certain cancers, increasing weight loss, and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease.
Hanal KC et al. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010 Sep 1:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]
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Article updated on: October 22nd, 2010