Saturday, September 16, 2006

Green tea prolongs life

Drinking green tea may reduce risk of death from all causes, suggests a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study found those who drank five cups of green tea per day were 16 percent less likely to die from any cause during the 11-year study than those who drank less than one cup per day.

The recent study is different from many previous studies because it involved so many people - 40,530 Japanese adults. Those who drank lots of green tea were less likely than those who drank only a little tea to die from cardiovascular disease and other causes, but not cancer.

Tea of all kinds is the most consumed beverage in the world aside from water, while heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death worldwide.

The study said the apparent protective effect found was not likely to be the result of tea drinkers somehow being more health conscious, since almost all Japanese consume green tea as one of their favorite beverages regardless of their other health habits.

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