Green tea ‘can fight off dementia and could guard against cancer’

According to scientists from Newcastle University, certain properties present in green tea mean that it could help to fight off dementia as well as guarding against cancer.

Previous research has found that the protective properties in tea are active and present in freshly brew form, but the new research has found that they are also still active once it has been digested.

The digested compounds may be able to help slow down the growth of tumour cells due to the polyphenols which are present in black and green tea, binding with the toxic compounds and protecting the brain cells.

Dr Ed Okello, from the university, said: ‘Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today.’

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