Drinking Black Tea Lowers Your Risk Of Death, According To Research

Are you team coffee or are you team tea?

Researchers have shown multiple benefits to either option. But a new study gives us another pro for the tea drinkers out there.

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In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, researchers linked the consumption of black tea with lower risk of death from all causes.

“To evaluate the associations of tea consumption with all-cause and cause-specific mortality and potential effect modification by genetic variation in caffeine metabolism,” the researchers wrote as their research objective.

Gathered from a large-scale biomedical database, participants of the research reached almost 500k, men and women aged 40-69, who all completed a questionnaire from 2006-2010. The questionnaire included information about the participant’s tea drinking habits, like what they add to their tea or how often they drink a cuppa, but they excluded factors such as tea strength and the exact portion size.

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The database used in the research is based in the UK, where drinking black tea is common. Some participants drank almost 10 cups a day, while some didn’t drink black tea at all, said one co-author. UK Biobank, the biomedical database, followed up on the participants after around 11 years, and they found that the people who drank 2 or more cups of tea a day had a lower mortality risk compared to non-drinkers.

More specifically, the researchers say that tea drinkers had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and stroke than those who didn’t drink tea.

In the study’s conclusion, the researchers wrote that their findings “suggest that tea, even at higher levels of intake, can be part of a healthy diet.”

However, black tea contains a high caffeine content, and too much of anything is bad. One other study says that a maximum intake of eight cups per day would minimize any risk related to excess caffeine consumption.

And for the perfect conclusion, lead author Maki Inoue-Choi said, “Our findings may provide reassurance to people who already drink tea every day, but we don’t recommend making decisions about whether people start drinking tea or change how much they are drinking right now.”

Watch the video below for more information about the health benefits of black tea.

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