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Green tea, rich in antioxidant treasures that protect against heart disease and cancer, now shows promise as an allergy fighter.

In laboratory tests, Japanese researchers have found that the abundant and active antioxidant compound in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-Ogallate (EGCg), blocks the biochemical process involved in producing an allergic response.

"If you have allergies, consider drinking it," says Hirofumi Tachibana, associate professor of chemistry at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He suspects that green tea may be useful against a wide range of sneeze-starting allergens, including pollen, pet dander and dust.

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