STEP 10: drink green tea

Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea is not fermented, so its active ingredients are not changed. Some of those ingredients include polyphenols, potent antioxidants that appear to help protect against various cancers. Green tea is also credited with helping regulate blood glucose levels, lowering cholesterol levels, and helping promote weight loss. The polyphenols in green tea are also believed to stimulate the production of immune system cells and to directly inhibit glycation. Studies in both humans and animals suggest that green tea may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, promote oral health, lower blood pressure, protect the nervous system, and have antibacterial and antiviral properties.

To reap the anti-aging benefits of green tea, drink at least three cups daily. Green tea does contain some caffeine, but at a much lower level than in coffee: an eight-ounce cup of green tea has about 20 to 30mg of caffeine, compared with about 100mg in a cup of coffee. Decaffeinated green tea is also available.

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