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Section 2 Critical Thinking: Green Tea a Pseudoscience? Evidence suggests that people have been consuming tea leaves that are in boiling water up to 500,000 years ago. Botanical evidence shows us that India and China were among the very first to produce and use tea. These days millions upon millions of people drink tea around the globe, and numerous studies are now suggesting that (Camellia sinesis) specifically has many health benefits. So the question begs, is green tea a pseudoscience or is it the real thing? There are three major varieties of tea: green tea, black tea, and oolong tea. The way the teas are processed is their main difference. Green tea is derived from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of strong antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Although free radicals do occur naturally in the body, environmental toxins such
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