Why do people living in Asia have lower heart disease and lung cancer rates than would be expected given their level of smoking?
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What’s so special about green tea asked my medical alma mater in their health and nutrition newsletter. Well, in just the last 12 months we’ve learned 2 cups a day may drop our stroke risk 70%, may halve our risk of dying from pneumonia, And keep us from losing our teeth. Three cups a day started 6 weeks before pollen season significantly reduces allergy symptoms. And four cups a day may decrease our risk of diabetes, in part because tea may be useful in the prevention of obesity. Considered nature’s defense against malignancies, at least according to Dr. Butt… and it may, even help if we’re bitten by a venomous snake. Can your coffee do all that?
According to the head of Tufts’ antioxidant research laboratory, we can think of tea as a plant food, much like fruits and vegetables. In fact, green tea may explain the so-called "Asian paradox": Why do people in Asian countries, where smoking remains more popular, suffer heart disease and lung cancer at the same rate as Americans? The phytonutrients in green tea, may be partly responsible, by maintaining artery function, inhibiting clots, and blocking tumor growth.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Why Less Breast Cancer in Asia?