Drinking Tea Can Improve Your Heart Health
Did you know that your morning cup of tea could be doing wonders for your heart? Read on to find out about the amazing health benefits of your favourite cuppa.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is considered as British as fish and chips. But as well as tasting great, your brew of choice also has natural properties which help to keep your body healthy.
Is drinking tea good for your heart?
A recent report in the Daily Express stated that “two cups of tea a day cuts heart disease”, according to a study examining research on the potential heart benefits of green and black tea.
Black tea contains certain antioxidants called flavonoids, which are known to boost heart health. Being a regular tea drinker could reduce the risk of heart disease by 11% as the flavonoids may combat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated triglyceride levels and obesity.
This is especially important as heart disease is on the rise in the UK, affecting nearly half (48%) of all adults.
Where’s the evidence?
There have been numerous studies supporting the cardiovascular benefits of drinking tea. A comprehensive study conducted on 101,000 adults in China over the course of nearly 22 years found that those who drank more than three cups of tea a week saw a 20% lower risk of a cardiovascular incident, had 22% reduced risk for cardiovascular death, and an overall 15% reduced risk for premature death.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, tea slows the body’s decrease in HDL (“good” cholesterol) that occurs during ageing. Research has also shown that tea can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) that can build up in arteries.
Want not try tea?
There are so many different varieties of traditional and herbal tea that you are sure to find a blend to suit your taste. If you want to find out more, the friendly experts at The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company are always on hand to help.