Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality

Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality

  • We can never say enough about the importance of eating organic foods. Fresh organic foods and organic drinks like tea are packed with antioxidants and unique nutrients that boost the immune system.
  • There is nothing like a hot cup of organic tea to make your day better. It has a way of providing energy, soothing the soul, and refreshing your spirits.
  • Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24%, according to a study presented at the ESC Congress by Professor Nicolas Danchin from France.
  • If you have to choose between tea or coffee it’s probably better to drink tea. Coffee and tea are important components of our way of life. Their effects on cardiovascular (CV) health have been investigated in the past with sometimes divergent results. We investigated the effects of coffee and tea on CV mortality and non-CV mortality in a large French population at low risk of cardiovascular diseases,” Professor Danchin explained.
  • The study included 131,401 people from ages 18-95 who had a health check at Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Center between January 2001 and December 2008.
  • Coffee and tea consumption was organized into three groups: none, 1-4 cups a day, 4+ cups a day.
  • The research team found that coffee drinkers had a higher CV risk profile than non-drinkers, particular in smokers. The amount of smokers increased with the amount of cups of coffee per day.
  • Non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45% maintaining a good level of physical activity, compared to coffee drinkers with 41%. “This is highly significant in our large population,” Danchin notes.
  • Heavy coffee drinkers tended to be older than non-drinkers, with an average age of 44 compared to non-drinkers. Heavy coffee drinkers had a slightly lower systolic blood pressure (SBP) and higher diastolic blood pressure (DBP), when age was taken into factor.
  • Tea drinkers had the opposite profile of coffee drinkers, with consumers having a better CV risk profile than non-consumers. About 34% of non-tea drinkers were smokers, compared to 24% of those who drank 1-4 cups a day and 29% of those who drank more than 4 cups. Physical activity also increased with the number of cups of tea per day.
  • Tea had a significant effect on blood pressure, with a 4-5 mmHg decrease in SBP and 3 mmHg decrease in DBP in the heavy tea drinkers.
  • Overall we tend to have a higher risk profile for coffee drinkers and a lower risk profile for tea drinkers. We also found big differences with gender. Men tend to drink coffee much more than women, while women tend to drink more tea than men,” Danchin said.
  • Tea drinking lowered the risk of non-CV death by 24% and the trend towards lowering CV mortality was nearly significant. When we extended our analysis to 2011 we found that tea continued to reduce overall mortality during the 6 year period. Interestingly, most of the effect of tea on non-CV mortality was found in current or ex-smokers, while tea had a neutral effect in non-smokers,” Danchin added.
  • Tea has antioxidants which may provide survival benefits. Tea drinkers also have healthier lifestyles so does tea drinking reflect a particular person profile or is it tea, per se, that improves outcomes — for me that remains an open question. Pending the answer to that question, I think that you could fairly honestly recommend tea drinking rather than coffee drinking and even rather than not drinking anything at all,” he concluded.
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  • 1. “Drinking Tea Reduces Non-CV Mortality by 24 Percent.” EurekAlert! European Society of Cardiology, 31 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Sept. 2014.
  • 2. “Drinking Tea Reduces Non-cardiovascular Mortality by 24 Percent, Study Finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Sept. 2014.
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