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Tea, coffee reduce heart risk: study
  author:Zhang Xiang   source:English.news.cn

A new research suggests that people who drink tea or coffee in moderation are less likely to die of heart disease than coffee and tea abstainers, according to media reports Saturday.

The research team studied tea and coffee consumption among 37,514 people in The Netherlands, and followed the participants for 13 years to monitor heart disease and death.

They found that those who drink between three and six cups are 45% less likely to suffer coronary problems compared to people who had less than one cup daily.

And drinking more than six cups of tea a day was associated with a 36% lower risk of heart disease, compared to drinking less than one cup.

People who drank more than two, but no more than four, cups of coffee a day had about a 20% lower risk of heart disease than people who drank more or less coffee or no coffee at all.

No effect of coffee or tea consumption on the risk of stroke was seen in the study.

The researchers believe that the health benefits are down to antioxidants found in both drinks which remove damaging free radicals from the body.

Ellen Mason, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "This study adds further weight to the evidence that drinking tea and coffee in moderation is not harmful for most people, and may even lower your risk of developing, or dying, from heart disease.

"However, it's worth remembering that leading a healthy overall lifestyle is the thing that really matters when it comes to keeping your heart in top condition.

"Having a cigarette with your coffee could completely cancel any benefits, while drinking lots of tea in front of the TV for hours on end without exercising is unlikely to offer your heart much protection at all."

The study was published online June 18 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

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