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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Black Tea

We have heard a good deal about the value of green tea and even white tea recently, but there is now new evidence that regular common and ordinary black tea, the kind of tea most people drink, also has some unique health benefits. This I learned from the current issue of Life Extension Magazine. I also did additional research and learned that while green tea is famous for its Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), black tea contains theaflavin and theaflavin digallate, which have been shown in clinical studies to fight cancer.1

References
  1. Inhibition of collagenases from mouse lung carcinoma cells by green tea catechins and black tea theaflavins. Sazuka M, Imazawa H, Shoji Y, Mita T, Hara Y, Isemura M. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1997 Sep., 61(9):1504-6. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9339552. (Accessed Dec 10, 2008.)

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