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Can Green Tea Help You Live Longer?

3 December 2010 No Comment

Green tea has been talked about heavily in the last several years for all of its alleged health and immune system benefits.  Well, there’s yet one more thing you can add to the list: possible life extension.

A recent column in Muscle and Fitness magazine wrote “We already know that green tea consumption reduces the risk of certain cancers, aids in fat loss and protects against Alzheimer’s.  Why anyone wouldn’t take green tea is beyond us.  But if you’re still on the fence, a recent Chinese study should fully convert you.  Researchers found that subjects who drank 2 cups of 1% green tea for four weeks had a 20% reduction in DNA damage when their cells were exposed to hydrogen peroxide (a well known oxidative agent.)  A previous study from the same research group reported that the telomeres (DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age) of people who drank an average of 3 cups of green tea per day were about 4.6 kilobases longer than those of people who drank an average of a quarter cup a day.  This difference corresponds to approximately five years of life.”

5 extra years of life possibly?  We’ll take it!!!

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