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Some scientists think that specific antioxidants in tea, including polyphenols and catechins, may help prevent some types of cancer. For example, some research shows that women who regularly drink black tea have a much lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who do not.

But more research is needed. So far, research has shown that black tea does not lower the risk of breast, stomach, or colorectal cancer.

Increasing evidence hints that the antioxidants in black tea may reduce atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), especially in women. It may also help lower the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

From: Black Tea WebMD Medical Reference

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 Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 8, 2017

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 Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 8, 2017

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