There are numerous documented health benefits of tea consumption, however the majority of research has been done in areas where green tea is more widely used. However, recent research from Britain, a country with a long tradition of afternoon tea, reveals that black tea also has health advantages.
The results came from a survey of around 500,000 participants in the United Kingdom Biobank, which has been compiling information on people’s actions for 20 years. Participants who reported drinking black tea on a regular basis were examined for this study. The evidence points to a possible link between black tea consumption and a slightly lower chance of passing away. Additionally, the risk was lowest for people who consume two or more cups of tea each day.-
The study was posted online in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal on Monday.
After almost 11 years, the information demonstrates that those who drank at least two cups of tea every day had a decreased risk of dying from any cause.
Dr. Maki Inoue-Choi and associates from the National Cancer Institute in the United States.
Tea consumption has also been linked to decreased cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke death rates. However, according to the researchers, “[n]o obvious trend was detected for cancer or respiratory illness fatalities.
According to Inoue-Choi, there is “no obvious answer” as to why there is no link between drinking tea and dying from cancer.
No matter if milk or sugar was added to the tea, the temperature of the beverage, or participant genetic variances in how quickly they metabolised caffeine, the effects persisted, she said.
Along with other variables, she and her coworkers accounted for coffee use, demographic and baseline health parameters.
The median age of the study’s almost 500,000 participants was 56.5 years old. About 85% of people said they drank tea, and 90% said black tea.
According to the study’s authors, the absence of data on specific characteristics of tea consumption, such as serving size and tea strength, poses a problem.
Studies from nations where green tea is prevalent, including China and Japan, have revealed health benefits of tea, which is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. However, she said, information from regions where black tea is more popular has been scarce and has produced contradictory results.
The use of tea is regarded to provide health benefits because it contains flavonoids and polyphenols, different substances that are naturally present in fruits and vegetables and can aid to lower stress and inflammation.
More research is required, according to Inoue-Choi, who noted that while the results may give tea lovers some comfort, they do not suggest that people should start drinking tea or alter their current tea use in order to better their health.