A new study claims drinking green tea just three times a week could help you live longer and healthier. Regularly drinking this kind of tea has been linked to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
For the study, 100,902 people participated in the study. None of the participants in the group had a history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. Researchers divided the participants into two groups.
* Habitual tea drinkers: Those who drank green tea thrice a week.
* Non-habitual tea drinkers: Those who didn't consume tea very often.
Researchers monitored the group for almost seven years. The study's findings revealed the risk of heart disease and stroke was 20 per cent lower for those who were habitual tea drinkers compared to those who rarely drink tea. Based on the study's findings, a habitual tea drinker could potentially live almost 1.26 years longer than individuals who didn't consume the beverage very often.
Researchers of the study, conducted in China, revealed they did not find a similar link with other teas, like black tea. While further research is needed to investigate this association, researchers speculate green tea contains healing properties, like high levels of polyphenols, that could help protect against cardiovascular diseases.
"This study is an observational study and can therefore only establish an association – not a causal relationship," Gunter Kuhnle, professor of nutrition and food science at the University of Reading, told a news portal. Adding, "It is not clear from the study whether there is any benefit from higher tea intake – and therefore there is no likely benefit from increasing tea intake by the majority of the British public."
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