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Go green to fight bad health

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 14, 2011 00:59 IST

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A cup of green tea, apart from having a refreshing effect, has various other benefits — the most important being that it could be a powerful medicine for fighting cancer and dementia, experts have claimed.

Scientists were astounded at how effectively compounds within the drink, once they reached the gut, protected cells from attack, reports express.co.uk. Green tea not only battled against toxins that allow plaques to build up in the brain, which lead to Alzheimer’s, but also stopped cancer cells from dividing.

The research by Newcastle University was carried out only on cells in a laboratory, but scientists insist this provides an insight into how the tea will work in our bodies.

“We found that when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s development than the undigested form of the tea,” says Ed Okello, from the university’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. “The digested compounds had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumour cells, that we used,” he adds.

However, other factors like a good diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all important to have an influence on diseases such as cancer and dementia.

“But it’s fair to say that at least one cup of green tea every day may be good for you,” says Okello.