Ever wonder how a simple habit can have a profound effect on your health? Here’s a perfect example: sipping tea lowers risk exposure to heart disease by more than 30%.
Dutch researchers report that daily consumptions of a few cups of tea or coffee seem to decrease your risk of catching cardiovascular disease by one-third.
This appears to another piece of good news to people who already enjoy tea or coffee in their lives. The leading researcher of the panel further emphasize the health benefits of these beverages by claiming that there is no hidden costs: tea and coffee lower the risk of heart disease without increasing exposure to other disease.
The study made its appearance in AT&VB, a academic journal regulated by the AHA, American Heart Association.
To complete the study, 40000 healthy people were followed for more than a decade. Their rate of developing any cardiovascular disease was compared with their tea or coffee intake. The results showed that people who consume less than 1 cup of tea or coffee daily have a significantly higher chance of dying from heart disease than those who drank 3 to 6 cups per day.
However, the more gives you the worse. Your health does not benefit more from drinking more than 6 cups of tea a day. The protective effect of larger amount of tea consumption against heart disease still holds, but to a lesser extent. Participants who drank more cut their exposure by 36% compared with non-tea-drinkers. People who took in 2 to 4 cups of coffee per day have 20% lower chance of catching heart disease compared with lower or higher drinking groups. Other risk factors are already accounted for before collecting the results above.
Drinking tea or coffee does not harm or help you in any other ways.
People who already have cardiovascular problems were excluded from the research, and thus the results cannot be extended to heart disease patients.
The research group concluded that nevertheless, healthy people do benefit from these popular drinks at no other hidden price.
It should be pointed out that the most commonly consumed tea in the Netherlands, where the study was conducted, is black tea. The majority of previously conducted researches studied the benefits of green tea only.
As is commented by a nutrition professor at the University of Vermont, this study implies that black tea may be as healthy as green tea for our cardiovascular systems. Now black tea lovers have another reason to justified their preference.
The popularity of black tea amongst consumers is considerably higher in the United States, compared with its green tea popularity. This makes the benefits demonstrated by the study very realizable in the United States.
While drinking tea is beneficial, scholars do emphasize that the sugar in tea beverages is not. Some scientists worry that this study would be misinterpreted as an advice to consuming more sugary beverages. They warn that people should reduce the amount of sugar they add in their favorite iced tea for the summer.
The science behind the health benefits of tea and coffee remains unclear. A group of chemicals referred to as polyphenols is proposed as the answer. Therefore, most research efforts have been directed to polyphenols, especially the flavonoids. So far, the anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory effects of flavonoids are proven by scientific studies other foods that also contain flavonoids.
Even though moderate tea and coffee consumption helps heart disease prevention, they cannot cancel all the damages resulting from an unwholesome lifestyle. Sipping coffee with a cigarette in hand, or drinking a lot of tea stuck in the couch surely does not work for your heart’s benefits.
It should be remembered that living a health life is what matters after all. A member of the British Heart Foundation made it clear that in order to protect yourself from heart failure, quitting smoking and exercising more regularly are at least equally important as brewing that extra cup of tea or coffee.