Does tea make you live longer?

Some drink tea for breakfast, others in the afternoon or evening. Whatever your preference, you should definitely be aware of the full benefits of tea on the cardiovascular system. A new study has now added a further benefit to daily tea consumption: it can extend your life expectancy.

Tea leaves originally came from China, and even today, it is the biggest producer in the world.

First of all, unlike coffee, tea has the significant advantage of not causing any type of “irritation”. Its taste varies, some being markedly sweeter than others; that’s why you should take your time to choose your favourite tea.

Certain studies have shown the consumption of tea has obvious benefits on your cardiovascular system. If, for example, you drink tea regularly (about three times a week) it will decrease your risk of heart disease by as much as 20% compared to those people who never drink it.

Similarly, regular consumption of green tea enables consumers to live longer in good health, giving consumers an extra one year and three months*, according to a study out this year. This is due to polyphenols which double up as powerful antioxidants and protectors of the cardiovascular system . Men are particularly at risk from cardiovascular problems and so they are even more likely to benefit from the protection afforded by tea.

In our Detox program we can add and recommend certain teas for daily consumption according to your tastes. With this program, you will not only be closely monitored and given a full schedule of weekly meals by a dietician-nutritionist, but also be advised on the best foods for your situation and if necessary, continually motivated to hit predetermined targets. The recipes will be available on our site, so you will no longer need to think about your dinner.

One word of caution, however, if you are lacking iron, drinking tea will reduce its absorption. If you cannot go without it, drink it in the morning before you are likely to eat foods rich in iron (meat, fish, and iron of plant origin, like legumes). Alternatively, try Rooibos which does not contain theine or tannins.

Finally, a healthy lifestyle and quality sleep will also give you a longer and healthier life.

*Wang, X., Liu, F. and Li, J. (2020). Tea consumption and the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality: The China-PAR project. [online] SAGE Journals.

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