Green tea's protective effects span the gastrointestinal tract. The chief active components identified as chemoprotective in green tea are catechins, especially EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). Other components of green tea include flavonols, caffeine, phenolic acid, thearubins and flavor compounds . A review of the literature would suggest that green tea may be a panacea for all ills with proposed effects including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, antiangiogenic, apoptotic anti-obesity, hypocholes-terolemic, anti-arteriosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-aging . The anticancer mechanisms proposed for the chemo-protective effect in the GI tract include inhibition of H-pylori, prevention of chronic gastritis, reduction of nitrosomine compounds, decreased conversion of carcinogens and modification of intestinal microflora . Studies have indicated there may be a benefit in the prevention of esophageal , gastric , hepatic  and colorectal  cancers.
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