Not only is green tea a great source of powerful antioxidants, new research suggests it is one of your strongest allies in the fight against cancer.

According to the International Journal of Cancer, Chinese researchers – led by Dr. Ann W. Hsing – found that women who drank at least one cup per day for at least six months lowered their risk of bile stones by 27 percent, gallbladder cancer by 44 percent, and bile duct cancer by 35 percent. In her report, Dr. Hsing explained that green tea contains certain chemicals that may prevent cells from growing abnormally (which is how cancer cells form).

For best results, brew green tea yourself and avoid store-bought brands, which may contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. If you don’t care for the taste (which some people characterize as bitter), you can take green tea extract in supplement form.

Jon Herring is the former Health Editor and copywriter for Early To Rise. While his formal education is in finance, Jon has invested over 3000 hours in the study of health and nutrition. He is deeply motivated to provide people with the information and the inspiration to live a long and active life, filled with energy and free from disease. Jon has also been a student of direct sales and marketing since an early age. Before he was 10 years old, he was selling door to door, and he has been an active entrepreneur ever since. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1993, Jon moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he learned how to build houses, climb mountains, catch trout, and ski fast down hill. However, after several years of poverty with a nice view, Jon returned to his hometown of Nashville to seek his fortune. Within two years – at the age of 26 – he had started a direct marketing business that was earning six figure annual revenues. In addition to his passion for health, Jon has a strong interest in business and investing. He is also a staunch advocate for honest government and the libertarian values of privacy, freedom, and personal responsibility.