Green Tea Health Benefits: Other Than Lower Cancer Risks, What Else Can It Do For You? [VIDEO]

By Anthony Smith on October 23, 2012 6:19 PM EDT

Green Tea
It's no secret that savvy drinkers have been touting green tea as a jitter-free alternative to coffee for millennia. And in today's grinds-before-you-grind world of bean-fueled wage slavery, it's always good to know that green tea, the leafy alternative to a caffeinated punch to the face, isn't as weak as bean aficionados have cracked it out to be. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot)

It's no secret that savvy drinkers have been touting green tea as a jitter-free alternative to coffee for millennia. And in today's grinds-before-you-grind world of bean-fueled wage slavery, it's always good to know that green tea, the leafy alternative to a caffeinated punch to the face, isn't as weak as bean aficionados have cracked it out to be.

In fact, a new study confirms that followed 69,000 Chinese women for a whole decade found that those who drank green tea at least three times a week showed that the likelihood that those women would develop cancer of the digestive system was 14 percent less than those who had not drunk green tea.

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Even if 14 percent may not seem like the largest margin, when you're talking about the possibility of lowering your risk of colon, stomach, and esophageal cancer, any percent is a good percent-- especially since there are far more bitter pills than green tea.

Granted, the study didn't rule out certain variables such as the age of the women or the fact that all those followed were biologically female, or even if the green tea itself was the reason behind the lowered cancer risks. In fact, though head researcher Dr. Wei Zheng tried to account for as many factors as possible, there's still a chance that the relationship between green tea and lowered cancer risk is correlative, not causal, due to the fact that green tea drinkers tend to be more healthy than their non-herbal counterparts.

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But that's not the only new study that touts the health benefits of green tea. In fact, a new study carried out by the research team at the National University of Singapore showed that a component in green tea known as EGCG is linked to protecting drinkers against Parkinson's disease due to the fact that it triggers AMP kinase, a protein found in the brain that helps prevent brain cells from dying due to stress.

Here are some other fantastic green tea health benefits, courtesy of Lifehacker. 

-Weight loss

-Diabetes prevention

-Heart Disease

-Cholesterol

-Alzheimer's

-Tooth Decay

-Blood Pressure

-Depression

-Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial

-Skincare

But don't take our word for it: check out this clip from eHow Health!

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