The health benefits of tea are numerous, and among these benefits is its ability to increase heart health and reduce high cholesterol, as a recent research that included about 100,000 people discovered that people who drink tea live for a longer time and have a better health condition.
The benefits of drinking tea are attributed to the fact that it contains polyphenols which can help protect the heart health.
Tea is the second most commonly consumed drink in the world after water, and it is considered of a high benefit to health thanks to its multiple properties and the nutrients in contains, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. A recent study published in the European Journal confirms that drinking tea 3 times a week may prolong life, due to the fact that this drink reduces the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, which are the most common cause of death overall.
The study showed that people who regularly drink tea for long periods are the people who benefit most from its properties, and that the group of people who were surveyed (100,902 people) did not suffer from heart attacks, stroke, or even cancer.
The study also divided the people who were surveyed into two groups:
The first: They are people who drink tea 2-3 times a week regularly.
The second: They are people who drink tea less than 3 times a week or irregularly.
After following the two groups for a period of 7 years and 3 months, the results showed that drinking tea in a regular manner was associated by a decrease in total cardiovascular disease risk and better health conditions and a longer life compared to the other group.
For example, a study estimated that regular tea drinkers would develop coronary artery disease or stroke 1.41 years later and live 1.26 years longer than those who never or rarely drink tea.
Compared to people who don’t drink tea, regular tea users had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and a 15% lower risk of death from all causes.
Researchers also studied how the total duration of tea consumption influenced the health of a group of 14,081 participants over an eight-year period. It turns out that the usual tea drinkers who maintained this habit in both surveys had a 39% reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or stroke.
The researchers attributed this to the fact that the active compounds contained in tea, known as polyphenols do not remain stored in the body for a long time. Therefore, regular drinking over a long period of time is necessary to the cardioprotective effect of tea to take effect.
Please note: One of the researches shows that this effect only applies to green tea only. Green tea is considered a richer source of polyphenols, the group of material in tea that protect against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. As for black tea, it undergoes some processing, during which polyphenols are oxidized to dyes, and their antioxidant effects may be lost.
The researchers concluded that more long-term scientific studies that includes larger groups of people need to be conducted to prove or further consolidate these findings regarding the benefits of tea.
It should not be forgotten, however, that tea along with coffee are the top two of the caffeine-containing drinks we consume.
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