Drinking that nice cup of tea every day appears to lower the risk of two common forms of skin cancer. New research published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found regular tea drinkers had a 20-30 percent lower risk of developing squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, the two most common forms of skin cancer.
The study looked at the tea consumption habits of over 2,000 adults. Drinking two or more cups a day appeared to increase the protective impact of the tea. It was also stronger for men and women who have been long term tea drinkers.
Researchers theorize the impact comes from the antioxidants in tea, in particular the antioxidant EGCG, which has been shown to reduce burning on UV-exposed skin. Researchers also considerer things like age, skin type and whether a person had any history of severe burns, and found that drinking tea helped in all cases except for people with a past history of multiple painful burns.
So, getting sunburns, even while drinking gallons of tea, is still not OK. However the research is more evidence of the powerful impact natural substances found all around us can play in our health.