Green tea lowers risk of death from range of diseases

September 21, 2006 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Green tea lowers risk of death from range of diseases

According to study findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, drinking several cups of green tea every day could cut the risk of death from a variety of diseases.

Researchers assessed more than 40,000 Japanese adults for 11 years and found that those who drank five or more cups of green tea on a daily basis were 16 percent less likely to die from a range of diseases, especially heart disease, compared to those who drank only one cup per day. Although no protective effect was seen against cancer.

Around 80 percent of people in north-eastern Japan where the study was done regularly drink at least 3 cups of green tea per day. Currently Japanese people have the longest life expectancy in the world.

These latest findings support previous findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that reported clear evidence that three or more cups of green tea per day reduced heart disease risk.

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