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A new study has found drinking green tea may help the body repair damaged DNA and help suppress cancerous tumors.
According to Eat This, Not That!, a study published in the journal Nature Communications found that the compound ECGC found in green tea can inhibit the processes that deactivate p53, a tumor-suppressing, DNA-repairing protein.
“The study is great because it helps us find mechanisms of action for why these [green tea’s health benefits] are possible,” Michael Donaldson, Ph.D., Director of Research for Hallelujah Acres, told Eat This, Not That!
Donaldson told Eat This, Not That! that while the study “would not by itself prompt me to start drinking green tea or taking a supplement that includes EGCG,” when you look at other studies that have looked at the benefits of drinking green tea, incorporating the beverage into your diet “is a great idea.”
Donaldson pointed to several studies that have shown green tea may also protect drinkers against prostate and breast cancer.