green tea lowers the risk of liver cancer

Green tea tastes great and is loaded in antioxidants. But if you enjoy your cup of green tea, here’s another huge reason—actually, a number of huge reasons—to feel good about it.

Next to water, tea is the most common drink in the world. It is also one of the most ancient: it has been used as a beverage in China since 2700 BCE. Green tea and black tea come from the same plant, but they are processed differently. Tea leaves used for black tea are fermented before preparation; tea leaves used for green tea are processed as soon as their picked. That small difference is the reason why green tea is higher in antioxidants. That makes green tea an especially valuable health food and supplement.

A fresh off the press systematic review and meta-analysis has now added a huge new reason to value green tea.

The massive systematic review encompassed 22 studies and 169,599 people, some of whom used green tea and some of whom didn’t. The researchers wanted to see what green tea did to cholesterol, weight and liver enzymes. But, most importantly, they wanted to see what it did for the risk of liver cancer. Liver cancer is fast growing and difficult to treat. So, anything healthy that helps prevent it would be welcome news.

The very welcome news is that green tea intake lowers the risk of liver cancer by a significant 15%.

Green tea also significantly lowered body mass index. And it significantly lowered the liver enzymes ALT and AST.

And that’s not all. Green tea is also good for cardiovascular health because it significantly improved total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

This large study establishes green tea as a powerful drink that helps you prevent heart disease and liver cancer while you enjoy sipping it.

Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2022 Aug 29;1-9

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