Green Tea Antixodants Reduces Risk of Lung Cancer

by Matthew Burgess on March 26, 2010

States all over the country are cracking down on smoking. A huge number of private establishments and public places are now thankfully smoke-free zones, which is great news for everyone concerned about the hazards of second-hand smoke. However, there’s still a risk of lung cancer due to carcinogens in the air, whether or not you’ve got a smoking habit.

One way to mitigate this risk? Drinking green tea.

You probably already know that green tea is packed full of the cancer-busting antioxidant EGCG. Recent studies in China and Arizona show that drinking green tea can prove effective in reducing the risk of lung cancer, especially if you don’t smoke.

A study conducted at Chung Shan Medical University showed that individuals who do not drink green tea are 5 times more likely to develop lung cancer than individuals who do imbibe the super-healthy drink. Researchers came to the conclusion that one reason lung cancer rates are low in Japan is due to the popularity of green tea.

Another study done by researchers at the University of Arizona also found that green tea reduced the appearance of urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine–a hallmark of DNA damage–in heavy smokers by 25%. Green tea was also shown to assist the liver in detoxifying the carcinogens caused by cigarette smoke.

Despite all this great news, the fact remains: If you’re a smoker, the absolute best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Now. Replace your daily smoke break with a tea break instead. Stop putting poison into your body and start healing it with the power of green tea.

(Photo by challiyan)

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