Millions would live forever if they could – but what if you could at least live longer? Some experts are now claiming that a certain drink can help reduce cardiovascular disease and increase life expectancy
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Research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found that one common household drink could be the secret to a longer life.
Common and often fatal diseases are a cause of widespread anxiety surrounding ageing, with people constantly looking to live as long as possible.
Stroke and cardiovascular disease are some of the most lethal conditions in the UK.
Heart diseases is the main cause of death for men in the UK killing over 40,000 in 2018.
Now the research suggests that a popular drink could help people live a longer and healthier life.
However it’s not just what drink you choose that’s important — you need to make sure you pick the right variety.
What drink lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease?
Surprisingly, experts say that drinking tea can help people live longer.
The study, analysed more than 100,000 people with a history of cancer, heart attack or stroke.
They split the study into two groups: those that drank tea three or more times a week, and those who did not.
Over the seven or so years that followed, the research found that those who drank the drink regularly were 20 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease and stroke and less likely to be die from them.
Regular tea drinkers were also found to be 15% less at risk to die from all-cause death.
Analysis of the data predicted that 50 year olds who drank tea regularly would develop coronary heart disease and stroke 1.41 years later than those who didn’t drink tea regularly.
One of the leading authors on the research, Dr Dongfeng Gu, said: “The protective effects of tea were most pronounced among the consistent habitual tea drinking group.
“Mechanism studies have suggested that the main bioactive compounds in tea, namely polyphenols, are not stored in the body long-term.
“Thus, frequent tea intake over an extended period may be necessary for the cardioprotective effect.”
Why does tea prevent cardiovascular disease?
In the research, only 8% drank black tea whereas 49% drank green tea.
First author Dr Xinyan Wang said: “Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death.
“The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers.”
This is because green tea is thought to be a good source of polyphenols, which is an important defence against cardiovascular disease, an umbrella term that includes coronary heart disease and can lead to stroke.
The benefits of green tea are particularly stark when compared to black tea, which is usually fermented leaving the polyphenols oxidised and depleted as an antioxidant.
This is made more stark by the typical way black tea is consumed, with milk thought to negate the positive effects of tea.
During the study, a sub analysis by tea type found that green tea drinkers specifically were 25% less at risk from fatal heart disease and stroke, incident heart disease and stroke and all-cause death.
No significant associations were found with black tea.