I have to say that I am feeling a little smug today. Since my travels to India, I never ever leave my home without my hot to go mug of tea, never- and I have to say I get harassed because of this, A LOT. Well today is my lucky day, go tea drinkers go! A new study just came out saying that people who drank three to six cups of tea per day had a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease than people who drank less than one cup of tea a day. And, it does not have to be green tea either, the study was actually done on people who drank mostly black tea. (American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. )
Even better news is that coffee drinkers got a boost as well. People who drank more than two, but no more than four, cups of coffee a day had about a 20% lower risk of heart disease than people who drank more or less coffee or no coffee at all.
The researchers suggest that powerful antioxidants called flavonoids found in black and green tea and coffee may explain the protective effect seen in the study. And if you are not a tea or coffee drinker, no worries, there are other foods that contain flavonoids including red wine, red grapes, dark chocolate, blueberries, red beans and more.