Drinking tea may be linked to lower risk of death, study finds | Tea
It’s welcome research for those who consider the cup of tea one of life’s daily pleasures.
One study suggested that having a brew may be associated with a lower mortality risk. Compared to those who don’t drink tea, people who drink two or more cups a day have a 9 to 13 percent lower risk of death, the researchers found.
The results, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggested the outcome was the same whether the person added milk or sugar to their tea, or what their preferred temperature was.
The results were also the same regardless of the genetic variants affecting how quickly people metabolize caffeine.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health used data from the UK Biobank, in which 85% of the half million men and women, aged 40-69, said they drank tea regularly. Of these, 89% said they drank the black variety.
The study was conducted with a completed questionnaire from 2006 to 2010 and followed for more than a decade.
Fernando Rodriguez Artalejo, professor of preventive medicine and public health at the Autonomous University of Madrid, described the research as representing “a substantial advance in the field”.
He said most of the studies were done in Asia, where green tea is most widely consumed, and the few outside the continent were “small and inconclusive in their results”.
Artalejo said: “This article shows that regular consumption of black tea (the most consumed tea in Europe) is associated with a modest reduction in total mortality and, in particular, in cardiovascular disease over 10 years in an adult of middle-aged, mostly white general population.”
He added that the study did not definitively establish that tea was the cause of the drop in mortality among tea drinkers, as it could not exclude that it was due to other health factors associated with consumption. Some tea.
In November, the Guardian reported that drinking coffee or tea may be linked to a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to the largest such study.
Researchers at Tianjin Medical University in China found that people who consumed two to three cups of coffee or three to five cups of tea a day, or a combination of four to six cups of both beverages, had the highest risk. weaker from stroke or dementia.
Those who drank two to three cups of coffee and two to three cups of tea a day had a 32% lower risk of stroke.