Antioxidants called catechins provide much of green tea’s anticancer kick. Tea catechins help

destroy cancer cells and ramp up the body’s own protective-antioxidant production, says food scientist Joshua Lambert, PhD, of Penn State University.

Protection power: Test tube and animal studies suggest green-tea catechins could help protect against many cancer types, including lung, colon, and skin cancer, Lambert says. A small study in Italy found tea catechins prevented prostate cancer development in men with precancerous cells.

Drink: 8 ounces at least four times a day. Consult a medical expert before using a supplement because high doses could harm your liver.

Recipes: 

Yellow Bud Tea Ramen

Green Tea-Scented Quinoa and Corn

Jasmine Green Tea and Huckleberry Granita

Green Tea-Poached Asian Pears with Pistachio Cream Sauce

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