Study Indicates Potential Health Benefits for Tea Drinkers

Don't forget to enjoy a cup or two of tea; its goodness is completely irreplaceable.

According to a significant study, tea can be a beneficial component of a balanced diet and may even increase one's likelihood of living longer than those who don't.

Tea includes beneficial components that are believed to lessen inflammation. Green tea is popular in China and Japan, where earlier studies hinted at potential health advantages. The good news is now extended to black tea, the preferred beverage of health nuts everywhere.

Nearly 500,000 persons in the United Kingdom were surveyed by researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute about their tea use, and they subsequently kept track of them for up to 14 years. Risk factors like age, race, socioeconomic status, smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and gender were all taken into account.

Two or more cups of tea per day was associated with a modest benefit: a 9% to 13% decreased risk of death from any cause when compared to non-tea users. The results were unaffected by the tea's temperature or by the addition of milk or sugar.

According to the study, which was released on Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, there was a strong correlation between heart disease and death, but no discernible pattern for cancer deaths. The study's principal investigator, Maki Inoue-Choi, suggested there may not have been enough cancer deaths for any effect to be seen.

This type of study, which is focused on watching people's behaviours and health, is unable to establish causation.

Marion Nestle, a professor of food studies at New York University, stated, "Observational studies like this often raise the question: Is there something special about tea consumers that makes them healthier?" "I enjoy tea. Excellent for drinking. But a cautious interpretation seems like a good idea.”

According to Inoue-Choi, there is insufficient evidence to suggest changing one's tea habits.

"I think it is excellent if you drink one cup a day already," she remarked. Enjoy your cup of tea, please.