Nutrientwise, green tea and pomegranate juice don't have much to brag about. What's created the health buzz about these drinks is their richness in antioxidants. The Camellia sinensis leaf, which is processed in different ways to make green, black and oolong teas, has loads of polyphenols, including a potent flavonoid, epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. These polyphenols smash cell-damaging free radicals and deactivate enzymes that help tumors grow. Researchers think drinking 1 to 2 cups of green tea each day helps prevent breast, prostate, colon, stomach and skin cancers.
With up to three times the antioxidant punch of green tea, pomegranate juice may be even more potent for preserving your longevity. One study indicates pomegranate juice may improve or even prevent coronary heart disease. Other studies show drinking the juice daily slows or prevents prostate and other cancers.
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