The weight loss promoting effects of green tea are well-known, but the health benefits of drinking green tea are more varied than that. Indeed, evidence suggests that green tea may also help prevent pancreatic cancer as well as other types of cancer. In one large-scale study researchers found that those who drank the most tea were significantly less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who drank little green tea. This effect was more pronounced among women than men — those women who consumed the most green tea were half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as those who drank little tea. Men who drank the most tea had a 37% lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer. These protective effects are likely to be linked to the high concentration of catechins found in green tea. Catechins are phytochemical compounds that are known to be highly effective at protecting cells against DNA damage caused by free radicals. Catechins have also been shown to suppress urokinase, a type of enzyme that is thought to play a key role in cancer cell metastasis (spreading). When buying green tea, choose loose tea leaves instead of tea bags as the release of catechins is better from loose leaves. You may also want to add a bit of citrus juice rich in vitamin C to your tea — research suggests that vitamin C can make the catechins in green tea more available for the body to absorb.