A cuppa a day really will keep the doctor away.
Scientists have discovered that as few as three cups a week can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Researchers looked at the effects of anti-oxidant packed green tea on 100,000 adults and found it leads to a 20% lower risk of killer cardiovascular disease.
The findings back-up recent studies that make similar claims about the benefits of a traditional brew.
According to the study, middle-aged tea drinkers can stave off heart disease for an average of 17 months and live around 16 months longer than those who do not indulge.
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The biggest health benefits were seen among those who drank a cup of green tea every day throughout the seven-year study.
Xinyan Wang, lead author of the study, said: “Tea consumption was linked with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and death, especially among habitual tea drinkers.”
Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Tea Advisory Panel, said: “This new study suggests that tea drinking can be part of a stroke prevention diet, alongside reduced salt foods and five portions of fruit and vegetables.”
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