Drinking tea daily linked to longer life

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Here's some good news for tea drinkers - a daily brew has been linked to a longer life.

Drinking black tea has long been associated with an array of health benefits, including improved heart and gut health and lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Now, researchers from the National Cancer Institute, part of the U.K.'s National Institutes of Health, have reported that people who consumed two or more cups of tea per day had a nine to 13 per cent lower risk of death from any cause than people who did not drink the beverage.

"Higher tea consumption was also associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and stroke," the study authors stated. "The association was seen regardless of preferred tea temperature, the addition of milk or sugar, and genetic variations affecting the rate at which people metabolise caffeine."

The study involved nearly 500,000 men and women aged 40 to 69 from across the U.K.

The researchers also noted that the findings also suggest that black tea "even at higher levels of intake" can "be part of a healthy diet".

Past studies finding an association between higher tea intake and lower risk of death have mainly focused on Asian populations, who commonly drink green tea. Studies on black tea have yielded mixed results.

Full study results have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.