7 Reasons to Have a Cup of Green Tea

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The ancient drink offers some major health benefits "A cup of tea would restore my normality," Douglas Adams wrote in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And he was on to something. Turns out that drinking green tea regularly can do wonders for your body. Here are seven ways the drink gives you a boost: 1. Green tea is good for your bones. Move over, milk. Green tea could help slow the process of age-related bone loss and decrease the risk of fractures caused by osteoporosis, according to a study published in the journal ​Nutrition Research. Women who drank up to three cups of tea per day had a 30% lower risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures, researchers found. 2. Green tea may help prevent cancer. Cancer rates are lower in countries, like Japan, where green tea is a go-to drink, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. While researchers can't be sure that green tea alone is responsible for low cancer rates, it does contain the chemicals EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC, which are known for their antioxidant activity. These chemicals may help protect cells from DNA damage, one of the first steps in the growth of cancer cells. Plus, properties of green tea could help protect your skin from the sun's UV damage, the leading cause of skin cancer....


Abigail W

New York, New York, United States •

Abigail is a senior editor at REI's Mountain Project, Trail Run Project, MTB Project, Hiking Project, and Powder Project. She also works as a reported features contributor at Romper (Bustle's baby) and is the founder of Sticks & Stones, a newsletter about the outdoors for women, by women. Previously, Abigail was the engagement editor at Outside Magazine, an associate editor at Real Simple, and a part of the Healthy Living team at The Huffington Post, where she started the Go Rogue series. Publications such as Reader's Digest, Time, and PopSci have also featured her work. She once wrote a biography about a farmer-turned-CEO and hopes to write more books in the future. Abigail holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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