Tea drinkers are not only consuming the world’s favorite beverage — they’re also being kind to their hearts.
That’s the conclusion of a study presented today at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, according to a news release from the organization.
Researchers led by Dr. Elliott Miller of Johns Hopkins Hospital looked at 6,212 adults who fell into four categories: no tea, one cup of tea daily, two to three cups of tea daily; and four or more cups of tea daily.
They followed their subjects for an average of just over 11 years, looking for major cardiovascular events; and more than five years to determine changes in coronary artery calcium scores. The latter is a marker for blood vessel disease and heart attacks.
The result: Adults who drank either one or two to three cups of tea daily had more favorable coronary calcium scores than those who never drank tea. Also: The number of heart-related events decreased in the groups that drank more tea.
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