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NATURE’S CANCER NEUTRALIZERS:
When cancer’s battling on unfriendly terrain, it can be forced to pump the brakes or retreat altogether. Your immune system fights cancer on multiple fronts and at every phase of its progression, beginning even before its inception, when free-radicals are just beginning to cause chemical instability in your cells. Over the past several decades, we’ve seen a lot of attention on free radical chemistry, because those rascals can trigger a lot of human diseases. Your body needs to keep the balance in your favor between antioxidants and free radicals in order to maintain proper physiological function. As it turns out, cancer has its weaknesses - antioxidants are its very own Achille’s heel. So where do these antioxidants come from?
Plants aren’t equipped with an immune system like we are, but they’re good at standing their ground against extreme environmental factors, bacterial organisms and invading critters. A plant has its own set of biochemical defenses that it depends on for its daily survival. Those are the same chemical defenders that come to our aid when we ingest plant material. As soon as a plant comes under attack, its DNA activates this army of defenders to wage chemical warfare. It can help protect the plant from threats as wide-ranging as UV radiation, disease, invading microorganisms and competing plants. Threatening pests find these chemical combatants bitter and distasteful. This is interesting, because these “distasteful” attributes are the same compounds that provide the astringent tastes we’ve come to love in tea. These powerful warrior compounds are polyphenol antioxidants and they soldier through our cells, sacrificing themselves by neutralizing hazardous molecules gone awry. Polyphenol antioxidants are like the star players who help the immune system team play at its peak in this game.
Enter your own personal army: the tea leaf, a most powerful natural source of antioxidants.