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Three cups of tea daily can keep heart problems and diabetes at bay

Saturday - Feb 18, 2012, 03:24pm (GMT+5.5)
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London -  Drinking three or more cups of black tea a day protects against heart disease and two or more cups a day may protect against type 2 diabetes, say researchers.

A review showed that regular drinking of black tea, with or without milk, can reduce the risk of heart problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar.

Experts say the benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content - antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardiovascular disease.

One cup of tea provides 150-200mg of flavonoids and it is the best source of antioxidants in the nation’s diet. In terms of the delivery of antioxidants, two cups of tea is equivalent to five portions of vegetables.

Overall, flavonoids found in tea are thought to control inflammation, reduce excess blood clotting, promote blood vessel function and limit furring up of the arteries.

In addition, a 12-week study in 87 volunteers found that drinking three cups of tea a day produced a significant improvement in various cardiovascular risk factors.

Almost 80 per cent of Britons are tea drinkers and 165 million cups are drunk every day.

‚ÄúThere is far more to the nation‚Äôs favourite drink than we realise,‚ÄĚ the Daily Mail quoted Nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, co-author of the review a member of the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), as saying.

‚ÄúWith its antioxidant flavonoids, black tea packs a powerful punch with many health benefits particularly for the heart. And recent studies show that the flavonoids work their magic whether or not we choose to add milk,‚ÄĚ Dr Ruxton said.

The review was published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin.


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