Drinking green tea could extend life by one year

Tuesday 14th January 2020 17:14 EST

A new study that has been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology  has shown that drinking green tea can have numerous health benefits.

According to media reports  the study examined over 10,000 Chinese adults and found that many green tea drinkers were able to avoid serious cardiac issues.

The findings found that those that drank green tea at least three times a week experienced the most health benefits. Many of them avoided heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. They were also found to live about one full year longer on average than non-tea drinkers. Green tea seemed the most effective, more so than other kinds of teas, such as black tea.

Whilst this study isn’t trying to promote green tea as some sort of miracle beverage, it did highlight that by incorporating it into one’s daily life the teais likely to be a healthy choice which could be very rewarding as the tea is rich in flavonoids, a compound that can help relieve inflammation in the body. 

Green tea can also promote healthy teeth and even prevent cancer. At the bare minimum, drinking tea regularly is a great way to consume water the body needs to stay hydrated.

Anna Ardine, clinical nutrition manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said: “There’s a lot of literature out there on tea and heart health. This is a health effect for which there is the strongest evidence.”

Whilst many of us love coffee it can be detrimental health effects to consuming too much caffeine. By moving away from coffee and drinking green tea consumers would still get a small caffeine boost, but as green tea contains far less caffeine than a cup of coffee you wont stain teeth the way coffee does and as found in earlier studies drinking green tea has the ability to promote weight loss, deliver plenty of antioxidants to the body, and even strengthen bones.

Whilst research shows drinking green tea to be beneficial there are warnings against using suppliments make from greeen tea as they can be harmful to health. Dr Duane Mellor, register dietician and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School, Aston University warned: “Although green tea is safe and may have benefits, the use of green tea supplements should be considered carefully as there has been a number of cases of liver damaged reported in individuals who have consumed these in large doses.”

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