Drinking tea – whether it is black, white or green – is already linked to numerous health benefits including lowering blood pressure, regulating blood sugar and weight loss.
A recent study confirms that drinking tea is a healthy habit that could lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and extend your number of disease free years. These findings come out of the China-PAR study, an ongoing study since 1998 of adults living in China and their cardiovascular and metabolic disease risks. Researchers looked at the data from over 100,000 participants to evaluate the link between tea consumption and risk of disease and death. The findings:
- Those who drank 3 or more cups of tea per week were 22% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 15% less likely to die from any cause of premature death.
- Regular tea drinkers also lived 1.41 years longer without developing a cardiovascular disease and lived 1.26 years longer overall than those that did not drink tea.
The takeaway: Black, green and white teas are rich in polyphenols, plant compounds that have positive benefits for human health. Drinking tea just 3 times per week is a simple lifestyle habit that could help mitigate the risk for cardiovascular disease and premature death.