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Tea and coffee fight heart disease, study suggests

Published on 22/06/2010
Simply drinking tea and coffee in moderation could be enough to reduce the risk of heart disease by almost half, a new study has revealed.

Researchers from the Netherlands studied tea and coffee consumption among 37,514 people and monitored instances of heart disease among the group for 13 years.

They found that those who drank between three and six cups of tea a day were 45 per cent less likely to suffer from a heart condition.

People who consumed over six cups also enjoyed noticeable benefits, with the risk of heart disease reduced by 36 per cent.

The effects were less pronounced among coffee drinkers, but those who drank a moderate amount - two to four cups a day - were still 20 per cent less likely to die from heart disease.

Published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study also found that there was no increase in the frequency of other diseases, such as stroke, among tea and coffee drinkers.

The researchers believe antioxidants in the drinks may be responsible for their health benefits.

According to the UK Tea Council, 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day.
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