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01/15/2015 06:17 EST | Updated 01/20/2015 03:59 EST

Green Tea Benefits: New Research And Well-Known Reasons To Sip Now

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If you aren't drinking green tea yet, this is your year to start.

New studies have revealed more reasons why green tea is such a "hot" item. It has long been praised for its antioxidant power, which can prevent the damage of our cells. And with its established cancer-fighting, happiness-boosting and brain-saving abilities, the benefits of green tea are numerous and compelling, with this ancient drink now being shown to help protect DNA, your teeth, and maybe even your body after a workout.

There are many ways to enjoy this powerful drink, whether you have it as a matcha green tea latte, mixed with flavours like pomegranate or blueberry, or as the classic loose-leaf version. Steeped green tea at a warm (not boiling) temperature gives our body the potent flavonoids that provide many of the benefits listed here, says Ara Wiseman, an expert nutritionist and author who specializes in disease prevention. Research says by having an average of two to three cups a day, you can reap the rewards of this delicious drink.

So sit back, grab a cup and learn more about reasons to make green tea part of your daily routine.