Tea: It's Good For Yor Heart

Spring 2002 CSANews Issue 42  |  Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.Back to list

A recent study published in the American Heart Association's Journal reported that tea consumption was linked to lower death rates for Heart Attack survivors. The study found that heavy tea drinkers (heavy is defined as two or more cups per day) had a 44% lower mortality rate after their heart attack, than those whom drank little or no tea at all. So, what is the secret ingredient? Flavonoids.

Flavonoids are antioxidants found naturally in foods derived from plants. There is evidence that suggests that flavonoids protect the heart by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood flows more freely. Other benefits include a positive effect on cholesterol levels and tea is a good source of fluoride.

These benefits from drinking tea were found to be present in black and green teas only. There was no evidence to suggest that herbal teas would provide the same benefit, as their chemical make up differs.

Dr. Kenneth Mukumal, who led the study, said "Ultimately I hope this work will spur on more research so we can find out the exact effect of tea on the heart, so one day we could give a tea prescription, along with aspirin and other medications following a heart attack. It seems there are no downsides to drinking tea."