Tea Drinking May Protect against Ischemic Heart Disease
Drinking tea regularly may offer some protection against ischemic heart disease. Tea is rich in dietary flavonoids, which have been shown to offer protection against cancer and other conditions. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researchers followed 4,807 study participants in Rotterdam from 1990 to 1997. Those subjects who drank an average of 375 mL of tea per day had about half the amount of heart attacks as those who did not drink tea. Additionally, tea drinkers had less than one third the risk of fatal heart attacks.
Flavonoids are substances that occur naturally in plants. They have antioxidant properties, meaning they are believed to offer protection against cancer, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1 May 2002