According to a new study from researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, a compound found in green tea could be used to tackle cancer.
The compound, which is known as epigallocatechin gallate — a type of flavonoid — has been known to contain cancer-defying properties, but until now, has failed to treat cancer-ridden tumours, according to the study.
Some experts recommend drinking at least three cups of green tea a day. A 2009 review of 51 green tea studies found that three to five cups of the beverage could lower the risks of ovarian, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, but not breast or other cancers, according to Health.com
Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.