You may already know how good tea is for you. But now there is evidence that this simple beverage can significantly reduce your risk of getting heart disease. Better yet, this same drink will slash your chances of dying from a heart attack.
A Dutch study conducted from 1990-1997 followed 4,807 participants for chronic disease incidence in relationship to their diet and other lifestyle factors. During the study, there were 146 heart attacks — 30 of which were fatal. Those who were in the habit or drinking more than 12 ounces of black tea per day had roughly half the risk of a heart attack as non-tea drinkers. And the risk of a fatal heart attack was cut by one-third.
The study authors believe the higher intake of specific flavonoids in tea offered the heart-protective effects. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that act as free-radical scavengers. Halting the free-radical attack on the endothelium (inner vessel lining) is likely the most important factor in preventing the heart attacks. Evidence of the value of flavonoids was further seen when the researchers evaluated specific dietary flavonoid intakes. These reduced the risk of fatal heart attacks, but not non-fatal heart attacks.
Action to take: I am currently drinking a significant amount of green and/or black tea almost daily. Black tea has most if not all the protective ingredients as green tea. Water is the most important liquid to drink. However, I’ve been replacing some of my water intake with organic tea. This is a most inexpensive and natural way to lower heart disease risk. Drink as much organic tea as you wish. If you like it sweetened, use Stevia (which is available at most health food stores).
Ref: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 75, no. 5, 880-886, May 2002.