Drinking as little as a cup of tea daily may be good for your heart health, new research suggests.
The study found that people who drank a cup of tea each day were 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular event, compared to nondrinkers.
The study also found that tea drinkers were less likely to have calcium buildup in the heart’s coronary arteries. Calcium deposits have been linked to serious conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, the researchers said.
“We found that moderate tea drinkers had a decreased progression of coronary artery calcium and a decreased incidence of cardiovascular events,” said Dr. Elliott Miller. He’s an internal medicine physician and instructor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
But Miller noted that the researchers couldn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between tea drinking and heart disease.
“This is an observational study,” Miller said, “and we can’t say for sure it was the tea or just the healthier lifestyle of the tea drinkers.”
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