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What’s the first thing you reach for when you roll out of bed in the morning? If you’re like us, it’s either coffee or tea. Both are fiercely defended as the best breakfast beverage, and there’s merit to both sides: Coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants for Americans, and it may protect against diabetes.

But tea drinkers likely have the upper hand—especially when their beverage is green. New findings out of Columbia University’s Medical Center suggest that when women with breast cancer take oral green tea extract, Polyphenon E, their conditions improve.

40 women with breast cancer were randomly assigned placebo, 400 mg, 600 mg, or 800 mg of the extract twice a day for 6 months. Researchers collected blood and urine samples every couple of months.

What did they find? Keep reading to find out…

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