Pick Up that Cup of Tea for a Healthy Heart

Pick Up that Cup of Tea for a Healthy Heart

The antioxidant properties in tea help in reducing risk of cardiovascular death, making it a healthier drinking option than coffee, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that it is better to choose tea over coffee after conducting a study and presenting their findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

The study involved data from the health checkups of 131,401 participants, aged 18 to 95, from the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Center between January 2001 and December 2008.

They looked at the coffee and tea consumption that was self-reported, split into three different groups.  The groups consisted of those who consumed no coffee or tea, another group consumed between one and four cups a day and the final group consumed more than four cups a day.

Researchers found that there is a higher risk for coffee drinkers and a lower risk for tea drinkers. Gender is also a factor, with men shown to drink coffee more than women and women drink more tea than men.

It was found that the group who consumed coffee has a greater risk of cardiovascular death, even more so if they smoked as well.

The group who did not drink coffee was shown to be more physically active with 45% engaged in exercise compared to 41% of heavy coffee drinkers.

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