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Women who drink tea may have healthier arteries

PhotobucketWe just get more good news about anti-oxidant rich beverage, tea. A recent French study has shown that drinking tea could help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the research discovered that tea drinking women had lower levels of plaque in their arteries, which means they have a reduced risk of suffering from heart disease and stroke.

Artery plaque consists of fat, calcium, cholesterol and other substances found in blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, it is called atherosclerosis.

The study found that plaque was present in 45 per cent of the women who didn’t drink tea, 42.5 per cent of women drinking 1-2 cups of tea daily and in only 33.7 per cent of those drinking three or more cups a day.

The research involved 2,613 men and 3,984 women, with an average age of 73. Scientists stressed that the conclusion of this study was independent of other dietary and lifestyle habits, medical and personal history.

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