Buy green tea in small packets to get benefits

Some of the compounds in green tea lose their benefits over time

IF YOU'RE an infrequent green tea drinker, you could find the healthy compounds for which you buy it have dramatically declined by the time you brew up. A study in the Journal of Food Science found that levels of epigallocatechin gallate, the main antioxidant, which is thought to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage that leads to disease, declined by 28 per cent within six months; other antioxidants fell by as much as 51 per cent. Buy small packs and keep them in an airtight tin.

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