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It’s taken us Westerners some time to realize the power of the mighty antioxidant component catechin. This wonder compound inhibits the production of the enzyme quinol oxidase—which is responsible for the growth of cancerous cells. To get your daily dose of catechin, your best bet is the Camellia sinensis plant leaf in its nonfermented form—or, in layman’s terms, green tea. Whether you prefer sencha, bancha, hojicha, or genmaicha, green tea assists in slowing the aging process, controlling blood pressure, lowering blood-sugar levels, and, yes, even fighting cavities. Hell, the astringent polyphenols found in green tea can even cleanse that mild cut or abrasion. Come experience firsthand this green giant’s medicinal—not to mention flavorful—superiority to its darker varietal cousins at “Green Tea: Polyphenols Pack a Powerful Punch for Prevention.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Center for Well Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington. $10. (703) 522-7710. (Chad Molter)