What’s the first thing you reach for when you roll out of bed in the morning? If you’re like us, it’s either coffee or tea. Both are fiercely defended as the best breakfast beverage, and there’s merit to both sides: Coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants for Americans, and it may protect against diabetes. But tea drinkers likely have the upper hand—especially when their beverage is green. New findings out of Columbia University’s Medical Center suggest that when women with breast cancer take oral green tea extract, Polyphenon E, their conditions improve.

40 women with breast cancer were randomly assigned placebo, 400 mg, 600 mg, or 800 mg of the extract twice a day for 6 months. Researchers collected blood and urine samples every couple of months.

It may be too early to recommend green tea as a way to prevent cancer, since the study was small. But green tea has already earned its health halo. Just this month, a University of California Los Angeles study found that men with prostate cancer who drank green tea had lower levels of inflammation, which is associated with prostate cancer growth.

Check out 5 more amazing things green tea can give you:

  • A healthier heart
  • More power
  • A slimmer bod
  • Allergy relief
  • A better memory

Ready to start infusing your foods? We’ve got all the green tea recipes you’ll ever need.

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