Drinking three cups of green tea a week protects your heart and longevity

A new study has found that regular tea consumption is linked to healthier years of life and a longer lifespan.

In fact, people who drink tea more than three times a week reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by 20%. Compared to those who don’t drink tea regularly or never consume it, according to this study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Regular tea drinkers were also 15% less likely to die from other causes. However, the type of tea you drink can make a difference. It is already known that green tea consumption is associated with an approximately 25% reduced risk of heart disease and fatal stroke and death from all causes.

The longer you drink tea, the greater the benefits

Consistent consumption seems to be the key to the positive power of tea. “The most interesting conclusion for us is that sticking with the habit of drinking tea over a longer period of time could enhance the health benefits of tea,” says study author Dr. Dongfeng Gu from the Department of Epidemiology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Beijing Union Medical College, Beijing.

according to dr Gu said the risk of cardiovascular disease was 40% lower among the 4,267 participants who drank tea regularly for at least eight years. These long-term tea drinkers also had a 56% reduced risk of fatal heart disease and stroke and a 29% reduced risk of death from all causes compared to unaccustomed or never tea drinkers.

Why is green tea so good for us?

Tea is a rich source of powerful antioxidants known to have cardiovascular health benefits, including protecting arteries from inflammation, stress and lowering blood pressure. Green tea, in particular, is stronger because it’s less processed than black tea, allowing more of these beneficial substances to be available in the final product.

Additionally, green tea contains bioactive compounds, including flavonoids like catechins and polyphenols, all of which have been linked to significant cardiovascular benefits. Polyphenols are also found in olive oil, cocoa and red wine.

The known benefits of these polyphenols and flavonoids are anti-inflammatory. This results in improved blood vessel function with more dilation and less narrowing, improved heart cell function, increased HDL [bon cholestérol]improved blood pressure, reduction of various inflammatory markers[suchasC-reactiveproteinandinterleukin-6[telsquelaprotéineC-réactiveetl’interleukin-6[wieC-reaktivesProteinundInterleukin-6[telsquelaprotéineC-réactiveetl’interleukine-6

Xinyan Wang, Fangchao Liu: Tea consumption and the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. The China PAR Project. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. January 2020.

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