In a comprehensive examination of the possible mortality benefits of black tea
U.K. researchers discovered that increasing tea intake is related with a marginally lower death risk.
People who drink two or three cups of tea have a 9-13% decreased risk of dying than those who don't.
The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in the UK, undertook the study, which moves focus from previous studies on green tea.
Tea drinkers had a 9% to 13% lower risk of death from any cause than non-tea drinkers.
Higher tea drinking significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and stroke
The study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that while tea is widely consumed, the link with mortality risk is unclear in black tea-drinking communities.
89 percent of 4,98,043 men and women aged 40 to 69 indicated they drank black coffee.
The study followed participants who answered a questionnaire from 2006 to 2010 for almost a decade
Those drinking 2 or more cups per day had a decreased mortality risk, regardless of caffeine metabolism genes.
Even at high amounts, tea can be part of a healthy diet, "concluded researchers.
NIH found the link regardless of tea temperature, milk or sugar additions, or genetic changes affecting caffeine metabolism.
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