Drinking tea has been shown to reduce risk of many diseases and improve health, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers found that consuming tea with herbal tea leaves in the diet lowered blood pressure, heart disease risk and cancer risk in a small group of adults, and lowered risk of stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in a larger study of 2,500 women.
The study found that women who drank tea with herbs were about 1.5 times less likely to develop cancer than those who did not.
Tea leaves also reduced the risk of blood clots in people with heart disease, and were associated with a reduced risk of developing diabetes.
The findings could offer hope to those suffering from the side effects of statins, a class of drugs that affect cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose.
“This is a huge deal for people who are looking for relief from statins,” said study researcher Dr. Sarah J. Johnson, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois, who did the research with Dr. Robert J. Leiserowitz, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
Statins cause large blood clumps in arteries, which in turn can cause sudden heart attacks and strokes.
Dr. Jana Zabekova, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), said the study provides a solid scientific foundation for developing statins for patients.
“It’s really a big deal,” she said.
“It’s something that has been well studied and shown to work.”
Dr. Johnson said there are a lot of things people can do to make tea a better choice, including adding herbs to the diet, drinking tea with tea leaves or drinking tea without tea leaves.
The research did not measure tea’s health benefits, but it was very promising for those trying to avoid statins.
“There are many other things you can do in the tea that would be a really good thing,” she told ABC News.
“Tea is a really simple thing to make, and it’s really easy to do.”
Dr Johnson said the findings have the potential to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes, since statins are not the only thing that causes blood clumping.
“When people are not on statins they have a higher risk of death,” she explained.
“And there’s an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The findings come at a time when tea is gaining popularity in the United States, especially among women, as a health food alternative.
According to a recent study published in Food & Chemical Toxicology, tea was one of the first health foods to make a comeback after decades of being a staple of the diets of most Americans.
“We were talking about tea back in the 1980s, and we were really talking about this tea, this green tea, as an alternative to cigarettes,” said Dr. Johnson.
“Now people are talking about it more, and there’s a really big consumer interest in it.”
So, we’re really excited about it.
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Dr Johnson, who is also a member of the NIDDK, said tea is one of many health foods that people are trying to incorporate into their diets.”
If you’re trying to get healthier, and you don’t want to go to the doctor and get an appointment, maybe you can take a tea, or a cup of green tea.
It may be a good alternative to take and have that little bit of a boost to your life,” she added.
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