Recent studies have shown that drinking tea regularly leads to “longer and healthier life”, as it reduces the risk of cardiac arrest and stroke.
The researchers worked with 100,902 people native to 15 Chinese provinces. The subjects were asked to provide their medical history reports prior to taking part in the study and were given a survey containing questions about their tea drinking – number of cups they have in a day etc.
Participants enrolled in the study in 1998 and were followed up later – until 2015. The results showed drinking tea more than two times a week increased the life expectancy by up to 1.26 years and reduced the chances of a heart disease or stroke by extending disease free years by 1.41 years.
Furthermore, people who drank tea regularly were at a 20% lower risk of getting a stroke or heart disease and were 22% less probable of passing away due to those diseases. The subjects were also at an overall 15% lower risk of dying from any cause, also known as “all cause mortality”.
Kashmira Gander, a features writer at Newsweek, wrote about the statistics, saying, “sticking to the habit of drinking tea appeared to boost health. Participants who often drank tea for at least eight years appeared to benefit from a 29 percent decreased risk of dying, a 39 percent reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and stroke, and a 56 percent lower chance of dying from those diseases.”
In the subject pool, 8% were black tea drinkers, 43% were scented tea drinkers and 49% drank green tea. Green tea consumption showed the largest drop in the risk of getting a stroke or heart disease, along with a significant decrease in the probability of an “all cause mortality”.
One of the lead authors of the study, Dongfeng Gu from Chinese Academy of Medical sciences said, “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”.
He further continued, “The most exciting finding for us was that adherence to the tea-drinking habit for a long term could strengthen the health benefits of tea”.
Health benefits of Tea
Tea is a universal beverage, served either hot or cold, however, its benefits go far beyond refreshment. Here are some known benefits of drinking tea frequently:
- It is rich in antioxidants that prevent the wear and tear of the body. They remove free radicals from the body reducing the risk of damage by oxidation.
- Tea contains lesser caffeine than coffee, hence, can be consumed without ‘pesky effects’ on the nervous system.
- It may protect your bones. Evidence from previous studies show that consumption of green tea is linked to stronger bones.
- It is known to boost your immune system. Studies show that tea can improve the functioning of immune cells so they can reach the target easily. “Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to help keep the immune system strong after injuries or illnesses thanks to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties”.
- Herbal tea may soothe the digestive system. Leslie Bonci, nutritionist and owner of Active Eating Advice said, “Herbal teas, in particular chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic and ginger teas can calm nausea.”