Looking for a better pick-me-up in the morning? Try green tea and reap the health-enhancing welfare of antioxidants along with enough caffeine to get you moving without being jittery. Here’s what Harvard’s Women’s Health Watch has to say about green tea.
Tea’s health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids — plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.