Tea the elixir of life we have been looking-for all along? In what could be music to the ears for chai-lovers, a new group of scientists, after examining 100,902 people found out that regular consumption of tea can lower risk of cardiovascular disease and improve health. The findings which was reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology was conducted by dividing participants into two categories, one, who drank tea regularly and the other who drank less than times a week.
The research which spanned for 22 years in 15 provinces across China found that habitual tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and stroke compared to those who never or never drank tea.
Additionally, they also found that those you drank drank tea regularly had 1.41 years longer being atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease-free, and their life expectancy was 1.26 years longer at the index age of 50 years.
Researchers, on the study bases that the positive effects of regular tea drinking may have to do with the polyphenols, an antioxidant property found in tea.
Dr Xinyan Wang, one of the authors of the study, said as per The Mirror,
‘’Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers’’.