Drinking tea does not harm you instead leads to a longer and healthier life

Now who is not a fan of chai? When you go somewhere and someone asks you for a chai, do you even hesitate to say yes? Well, chai lovers are found all over the world and especially in India. While some people say that tea contains caffeine which is harmful for body, here i’ll tell you that tea is not harmful instead it is beneficial for health.

Drinking tea does not harm you instead leads to a longer and healthier life

Drinking tea does not harm you instead leads to a longer and healthier life

Lucknow: Now who is not a fan of chai? When you go somewhere and someone asks you for a chai, do you even hesitate to say yes? Well, chai lovers are found all over the world and especially in India. While some people say that tea contains caffeine which is harmful for body, here i’ll tell you that tea is not harmful instead it is beneficial for health.

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According to a recent study, drinking green tea at least three times a week is associated with a longer and healthier life.

The analysis included 100,902 participants in China with no history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer.

“Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death,” said Xinyan Wang, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in China.

He also added that favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers.

Results of the study

The participants of the study were classified into two groups: habitual tea drinkers (three or more times a week) and never or non-habitual tea drinkers (less than three times a week) and followed-up for a median of 7.3 years.

Habitual tea consumption was associated with more healthy years of life and longer life expectancy, according to the study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

The analyses estimated that 50-year-old habitual tea drinkers would develop coronary heart disease and stroke 1.41 years later and live 1.26 years longer than those who never or seldom drank tea, the researchers said.

Compared with never or non-habitual tea drinkers, habitual tea consumers had a 20 per cent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 22 per cent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 15 per cent decreased risk of all-cause death, they said.

The potential influence of changes in tea drinking behaviour were analysed in a subset of 14,081 participants.

Habitual tea drinkers who maintained their habit in both surveys had a 39 per cent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 56 per cent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 29 per cent decreased risk of all-cause death compared to consistent never or non-habitual tea drinkers.

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Preference of green tea unique in East Asia

Dongfeng Gu, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, feels that the protective effects of tea were most pronounced among the consistent habitual tea drinking group.

He also noticed that a preference for green tea is unique in East Asia.

“In our study population, 49 per cent of habitual tea drinkers consumed green tea most frequently, while only 8 per cent preferred black tea. The small proportion of habitual black tea drinkers might make it more difficult to observe robust associations, but our findings hint at a differential effect between tea types,” Gu said.

Two factors may be at play. First, green tea is a rich source of polyphenols which protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors including high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia.

Black tea is fully fermented and during this process polyphenols are oxidised into pigments and may lose their antioxidant effects.

Second, black tea is often served with milk, which previous research has shown may counteract the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function.

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Different results for both genders

Gender-specific analyses showed that the protective effects of habitual tea consumption were pronounced and robust across different outcomes for men, but only modest for women.

“One reason might be that 48 per cent of men were habitual tea consumers compared to just 20 per cent of women.

“Secondly, women had much lower incidence of, and mortality from, heart disease and stroke. These differences made it more likely to find statistically significant results among men,” Wang said.

Now that you know the benefits of tea, if someone ever stops you from drinking a lot of tea tell them about the benefits of it instead.

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