A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology states that drinking tea three times a week or more can contribute towards a healthier and longer life.
Drinking tea regularly lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is proven to be especially true for regular tea drinkers and green tea drinkers.
The research involved over 100,000 participants who had no history of strokes, heart attacks or cancer. The group was split into regular tea drinkers and those who drink less than three cups a week. They were monitored for an average of seven years.
The results showed that regular tea drinkers had a longer life expectancy and would develop heart disease later than those who seldom or never drank tea. Regular tea drinkers were also 20 per cent less likely to have a stroke and 22 per cent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke.
The study included a further group of 14,000 participants who agreed to change their tea-drinking habits. The evidence showed that those who continued to drink tea regularly were 39 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke or heart disease and 56 per cent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack compared with those who reduced their tea-drinking habits.
Trials like this by medical test volunteers can improve the standard of living for millions of people, which is why companies are looking for medical test volunteers for many ongoing projects.
Experts believe the protective properties in tea are not stored in the body, which is why continuous tea drinking is required to benefit. The tea most commonly drunk by the participants was green tea, which is a source of polyphenols and is known for its protective benefits. Black tea was the second most popular tea consumed; however, as black tea is often taken with milk, this can counteract any health benefits.
Tea has long been associated with health benefits and those suffering from high blood pressure can benefit from drinking herbal teas.
There were some differences between men and women, with males benefiting more from being regular tea drinkers. This may be because men are more likely to be habitual drinkers and are more likely to suffer heart disease.
Britain is a nation of tea lovers, with a brew often seen as the answer to any problem.