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Tea Lowers Risk of Strokes

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I have written about tea before and now this new study has me even more intrigued as this study says that drinking three or more cups of green or black tea may reduce the risk of stroke by 21 percent. This study from UCLA says the more tea you drink the better your chances are of not having a stroke. The analysis was of nine studies involving 4,378 strokes among 194,965 individuals.

“What we saw was that there was a consistency of effect of appreciable magnitude,” said lead author Lenore Arab. “By drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of stroke was reduced by 21 per cent. It didn’t matter if it was green or black tea.”

The study was funded by the Unilever Lipton Institute of Tea.

While green tea contains between 30 and 40 percent of water-extractable polyphenols, black tea (tea oxidized by fermentation) contains between 3 and 10 percent.

The beneficial effects were limited to tea made from the plant Camellia sinensis, while herbal teas provided no benefit.

For the complete article:; Stephen Daniells, Feb. 24, 2009