(ORDO NEWS) — The secret to longevity is simple – you need to lead a healthy lifestyle, writes the Daily Express. However, all plans can be disrupted by heart problems. Studies have shown that one popular drink will protect against stroke and prolong life. But there is one subtlety – you need to drink it regularly.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming over 160,000 lives in the UK each year. Stroke also ranks high on this grim list. Fortunately, studies have shown that one green drink can reduce the risk of these pathologies by as much as 56%.
Increasing life expectancy through diet is not such an unattainable goal. Convincing research has shown that certain lifestyle changes can add an extra couple of years to your life. From nutrient-dense foods to protein drinks, taking care of your body can help reduce your risk of serious health problems.
According to the National Statistical Office, life expectancy in the UK has declined slightly in the past few years.
Many people try to uncover the secret of longevity, but the answer can be very simple – you need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
However, some serious life-threatening disorders can undermine these plans. We are talking about pathologies such as heart disease and stroke.
According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, green tea can do both: prolong life and reduce the risk of these diseases.
Scientists have found that drinking tea at least three times a week is associated with better health and longer life.
Tea effectively reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and reduces the risk of death from common causes.
“Green tea has the greatest health benefits. In addition, you need to drink it constantly and for a long time,” said study author Dr. Xinyan Wang (Xinyan Wang).
So, adding a couple of years to your life is easy – you just need to set aside time during the day and enjoy green tea.
The study involved over 100,000 volunteers who had not previously had a heart attack, cancer or stroke.
Participants were divided into two groups: some drank tea constantly, while others rarely or never.
As you might have guessed, the first category included those who drank tea three or more times a week.
Volunteers were followed for several years to determine the impact of such a diet in the long term.
As scientists have established, those who consumed this hot drink regularly received more benefits.
Take, for example, a 50-year-old man who constantly drinks tea.
In such a person, coronary heart disease and stroke occur almost a year and a half later, and the overall life expectancy increases by 1.26 years.
However, the most obvious result is seen in those who drink tea for years.
Such people have a 56% lower risk of fatal diseases and stroke. In addition, the risk of death from common causes is reduced by 29%.
This effect of green tea on the cardiovascular system can be explained by the high content of polyphenols.
However, a classically brewed cup of tea may not produce the same results as some of the antioxidant properties are lost during the preparation process.
In addition, if you add milk to tea, it “can neutralize the positive effect” that this drink has on the heart.
Researchers say more research is needed to confirm the findings and make nutritional recommendations.
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