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Scientists think the antioxidants in tea may help prevent some types of cancer. Some research shows that women who regularly drink black tea have a much lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who don't.

But so far, there's no proof that it lowers your risk of breast, stomach, or colorectal cancer.

It may fight atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), especially in women. It might also help lower your risk of:

But more research about black tea's effect on these conditions is needed to be sure.

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney stones
  • Parkinson’s disease

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute web site: "Tea and Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet."

Roberts, A. , 2005. Alternative Medicine Review

The Leaf web site: "Oxidation and Fermentation in Tea Manufacture."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Tea and Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Black Tea."

Baker, J.A. , January-February 2007. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer

Gardner, E.J. . January 2007. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Hodgson, J.M.  , January 19, 2013. Food and Function

Hodgson, J.M. , December 2010. Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Bersniak, A.  , Nov. 8, 2012. BMJ Open

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute web site: "Tea and Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet."

Roberts, A. , 2005. Alternative Medicine Review

The Leaf web site: "Oxidation and Fermentation in Tea Manufacture."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Tea and Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Black Tea."

Baker, J.A. , January-February 2007. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer

Gardner, E.J. . January 2007. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Hodgson, J.M.  , January 19, 2013. Food and Function

Hodgson, J.M. , December 2010. Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Bersniak, A.  , Nov. 8, 2012. BMJ Open

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 6, 2019

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