TEA – TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEART
The evidence showing the health benefits of tea continues to stack up.
New research published this week yet again suggested that drinking even one cup of tea daily could reduce your risk of a heart attack. The findings showed that tea drinkers were 35% less likely to have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular events than none tea drinkers.
There is also evidence that tea drinkers were less likely to have calcium buildup in the heart’s coronary arteries. Calcium deposits have been linked to serious conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, the researchers said.
Dr Elliott Miller from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said, “We found that moderate tea drinkers had a decreased progression of coronary artery calcium and a decreased incidence of cardiovascular events.”
The researchers tracked the records of the men and women to see who had a heart attack, stroke, chest pain, or died from other types of heart disease over 11 years. The investigators also measured the calcium deposits in the blood vessels over five years by comparing earlier CT scans to later ones.
The study found that people who drank a cup of tea a day had about one-third less risk of a major heart disease event during the study period than people who didn’t drink tea. Tea drinkers—those who drank from one to three cups daily—also showed a decline in the calcium buildup in their arteries.
Although the findings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal, we still think it gives us great reason to continue to drink our favourite brew.
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