Fancy a tea break? No, we insist, really. Because a new study has linked drinking regular mugs of the stuff to living longer. So, whether you need to take a breather from a work deadline, or want to wind down with a book before bed, a cuppa will do more than help you feel calm.
The research, published in the journal Annals Of Internal Medicine, found that people who sip on at least two cups of black tea daily experienced boosted longevity. Scientists looked at the drinking habits of more than 500,000 participants and discovered that it reduced the risk of mortality by between nine per cent and 13 per cent over a decade.
While the impact may be impressive, the reasons why are still a little unclear. It is thought that the polyphenol content of tea might be responsible for improved heart health. One thing's for sure, the researchers concluded that whether you add milk or sugar to your brew, it didn't seem to make a difference.
The study also indicates that black tea - drunk by 89 per cent of participants - could be just as beneficial as green tea. The latter has long been linked to improved wellbeing, with research showing that it can help with everything from brain function to cardiovascular health.
It builds on previous investigations by scientists into the virtues of your tea break. A previous study suggested that drinking tea could improve brain structure, helping you become more organised and efficient. Meanwhile, other research indicated that it could reduce many risk factors for heart disease, including by lowering blood pressure. Hot stuff.
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