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Water is the number one consumed fluid in the world.  It makes sense and I'm certain many first graders would know that answer.  But what do you think the second most popular drink in the world is?  The answer might surprise you.  It's tea.  One of the reasons so many people drink tea may be due to the health benefits.  Tea, in particular, green tea, has many health advantages.  Chemicals called the polyphenols found in green tea are potent antioxidants.  They're helpful in fighting heart disease and inflammatory problems.  Green tea has been touted as a cancer fighter, but studies do not support this claim.  Overall, green tea might not be cure-all and it probably gets a great deal more press than it deserves as a treatment for all sorts of problems, but it is a healthy choice when you're thinking about a relaxing drink.  Clearly, we know this much.  Tea does have a calming effect.  

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP