Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health. The benefits of green tea are plentiful, including it’s potential to fight cancer and heart disease. There have been studies that show green tea can help lower cholesterol, burn fat, prevent diabetes and stroke, as well as stave off dementia.
The antioxidants in green tea are unique catechins which scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA. Because its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like other teas, its catechins are more concentrated. A synthetic form of green tea’s catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is being studied with success to use in shrinking prostate cancer tumors in mice.