LONDON: Green tea's status as a superfood is growing gradually, as a new study has claimed that drinking the beverage could help you fight bad breath and even mouth cancer. The study by a team from Israel's Institute of Technology found that antioxidants found in the tea, called polyphenols, destroy a number of compounds in the mouth that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and even mouth cancer.
The new findings will add to green tea's status
as one of nature's so-called "superfoods" , the Daily Mail reported .
Past studies have suggested that green tea helps prevent cancer and heart disease and lower cholesterol - and even ward off Parkinson's and Alzheimer's .
In the latest study, the researchers examined the properties of the
polyphenol called epigallocatechin 3 gallate (EGCG) in particular.
"EGCG constitute the most interesting components in green tea leaves," the researchers reported in the journal Archives of Oral Biology.
"All together, there is increasing interest in the health benefits of
green tea in the field of oral health," they said. Green tea is made
from the same plant as black tea but processed in a different way that
means it retains less caffeine and more polyphenols . It has been drunk
in China and the Far East for thousands of years and is fast becoming
popular in UK because of its health benefits. It's drunk without milk,
sugar so it is low in calories.
Green Tea for Skin