Words by Smiley Team
A daily cuppa could lower your risk of death, a new study has suggested.
Research by the National Institute of Health, utilising data from the UK Biobank, showed that compared to those who didn't drink tea, those who drank two or more cups per day had between a 9% and 13% lower mortality rate.
The study used questionnaires answered between 2006 and 2010 and followed up on the participants over more than a decade to get these results. The research was performed on half a million men and women, aged between 40 and 69, 85% of whom reported regularly drinking tea. Of those participants, 89% said that they mostly drank black tea.
The best news? According to research, it doesn’t even matter how you take your tea – the benefits are still there. So whether you take milk, sugar, cream, or drink black, green or mint, you can rest assured that you’re reaping all of the benefits.
The research was described as “a substantial advance in the field” by Fernando Rodriguez Artalejo, who is a professor of preventive medicine and public health at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
“This article shows that regular consumption of black tea (the most widely consumed tea in Europe) is associated with a modest reduction in total and, especially, cardiovascular disease mortality over 10 years in a middle-aged, mostly white, adult general population,” added Artalejo.
Though the results are promising for those tea-drinkers among us, it’s important to note we can't be certain tea was the sole cause of this lower mortality rate, as there's no way to rule out other health-related factors.
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