An Australian study has found a new way to help reduce heart disease – and all it takes is putting the kettle on.
Researchers found that consuming the equivalent of eight cups of black tea a day could help lower blood pressure and reduce the rate of heart disease by 10 per cent.
Lead author Research Professor Jonathan Hodgson of University of Western Australia's School of Medicine and Pharmacology believed that lowering blood pressure was the key.
"There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health, but this is an important discovery because it demonstrates a link between tea and a major risk factor for heart disease," he said (January 24).
The controlled study – recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal – saw almost 100 Australian participants aged between 35 and 75 consume either three cups of powdered black tea or a placebo with the same flavour and caffeine content, but not derived from tea.
The results after six months showed that diastolic blood pressure had been lowered to between 2 and 3 mmHg.
Those looking to reduce the risk of heart disease may seek assistance in implementing lifestyle changes from weight loss and management services provided by some private health insurance policies.