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  While tea is best known as a refreshing drink, it has in fact numerous properties that prove beneficial to human health. Studies conducted on tea have found it to contain many compounds, including the amino acid - theanine, which is unique to the tea tree. Tea has also displayed anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, cholesterol lowering, and anti-diabetic effects. In addition this invigorating drink has been found to reduce hypertension. Besides the tea leaves, the roots and seeds of this tree have also been found to contain compounds that could be used for diverse purposes such as the production of food dyes, cosmetics, and herbal shampoos.