According to a study by Japanese researchers, green tea consumption may reduce a woman’s risk of developing stomach cancer.
Scientists at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo concluded that women who drink five or more cups of the antioxidant-rich beverage every day have a 20 percent smaller chance of developing the disease, Reuters reports.
The results hold true even if the women were smokers.
Researchers suspect that green tea compounds fight bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori that have been linked to stomach cancer.
Studies have demonstrated that green tea can help prevent other forms of cancer as well as heart disease and diabetes, according to WebMD. It may be helpful in lowering cholesterol, weight loss and protecting against memory loss.
"Taken altogether, the evidence certainly suggests that incorporating at least a few cups of green tea every day will positively affect your health," says Dr. Diane McKay, a Tufts University scientist who studies antioxidants, quoted by WebMD.
Antioxidants are also present in fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates, and are available at health stores in the form of dietary supplements.