If you're a tea drinker then there's some good news coming your way!
If you drink tea at least three times a week, then you have been linked with living a longer and healthier life.
New research conducted by scientists and reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has revealed that habitual consumption of the beloved beverage is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and improved health.
For the research, scientists examined over 100,000 Chinese adults. The subjects had no history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer.
Information on tea consumption was collected through standardised questionnaires.
Participants were categorised into two groups – regular tea drinkers, those drinking three or more times a week, and never or non-habitual tea drinkers – those drinking less than three times a week.
The participants were followed up for an average of 7.3 years. Compared to the people who never or rarely drank tea, habitual tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
Compared with non-habitual tea drinkers or people who never drink tea, the hazard ratio and 95 percent confidence interval among habitual tea drinkers was 0.80 (0.75–0.87), 0.78 (0.69–0.88), and 0.85 (0.79–0.90) for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease incidence.
Habitual tea drinkers had 1.41 years longer of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease-free years and 1.26 years longer of life expectancy at the index age of 50 years.
So maybe it's a good idea to stick the kettle on!