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Heart-Healthy Reasons to Drink More Tea

These many benefits were just further substantiated by a comprehensive observational study conducted on 101,000 adults in China over the course of nearly 22 years: it found that people who drank quite three cups of tea hebdomadally saw a 20 percent lower risk of a cardiovascular incident, had 22 percent reduced risk for cardiovascular death, and an overall 15 percent reduced risk for premature death. “Tea consumption was associated with reduced risks of atherosclerotic disorder and all-cause mortality, especially among those consistent habitual tea drinkers,” states the study

Here are Dr. Li’s top reasons we should always always be drinking more tea—unsweetened, please!—for cardiovascular and overall health.

Tea Helps Ease Inflammation.

Tea is one of the only sources of dietary flavonoids or natural plant compounds that have long been associated with heart health benefits. Research has shown that flavonoids help quell inflammation, which may reduce plaque buildup inside arteries. Both black and tea contain flavonoids, but tea has slightly higher amounts.

It Improves Your Cholesterol.

According to a study published within the Journal of the American Heart Association, tea helps slow our body’s decrease in HDL (the “good” cholesterol) that happens naturally from aging. Research has also shown that tea can significantly lower our risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) which can build up in arteries.

It Stimulates Your Stem Cells.

Whether green or black, drinking tea has been shown by researchers to increase the number of stem cells in the bloodstream, which improves your circulation and helps keep your body in fine condition as you age, says. Dr. Li.

It makes for a cheerful Microbiome.

Drinking tea can help promote gut health, too. Researchers have found the green or tea flavonoids can increase beneficial bacteria and lower harmful bacteria of the gut microbiome, one of the body’s key health defense systems.

Help With Hydration.

“Despite what you’ve heard about it being a diuretic (it’s true), tea is hydrating,” says Dr. Li. It’s almost entirely water, after all. Hydration is significant for your circulation and heart function. Just don’t forget to drink actual water, too.

It Tastes Good—Without Sugar

It may sound slight, but this is often actually key. Healthy lifestyle changes are easy to make when they’re enjoyable, inviting, and readily available—and tea is all of the above. “It’s almost too easy to introduce tea to your diet,” says Dr. Li. once you swap tea—loose leaf and Lipton tea bags are equally amazing options—for sugar-laden beverages like soda, you’re making a doubly smart move...

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