New Delhi: The love for tea and coffee is a profound one – those that want a cup at the start of the day, in the evening, or at the end know how much they need the refreshing beverage throughout the day. Little do they realise how it could be key to living a longer and healthier life.
How does black tea contribute to longevity?
A new study recently decoded how drinking tea in a particular way and in specific quantities could add years to life. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, people aged 40 to 69 were analysed for their diet, lifestyle habits and tea intake – 85 per cent admitted to being tea drinkers, while 89 per cent had black tea drinking two to five cups a day.
Researchers discovered that people who drank more than two cups of black tea a day had a lower risk of dying from heart stroke or stroke – their cumulative risk of mortality dipped by 12 per cent upon drinking three cups of black tea in a day. Additionally, adding milk or sugar did not affect the benefits.
Black tea – A nutrient profile
And as far are the health benefits of black tea are concerned, experts say that the inflammation-curbing effects of the drink could help reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Additionally, this beverage is rich in phytonutrients, polyphenols, catechins, and antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
On the nutrition front, one cup of black tea contains 2.4 calories and small traces of carbohydrates, fibre, proteins, and fats. Inflammation is significantly affected by dietary and lifestyle choices – what one eats, and drinks in a day. Although it is the body’s natural response to the external invasion, chronic and excessive inflammation could be associated with heightened disease risk.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.