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New Research Suggests Drinking as Little as One Cup of Black Tea Per Day May Help Maintain Cardiovascular Function and Heart Health
Date:4/9/2009

black tea may help maintain healthy cardiovascular function in common tea drinkers. Further studies are needed to evaluate longer-term effects in different populations."

Dr. Douglas Balentine, Research Director at the Lipton Institute of Tea, added, "In recent years, a growing volume of scientific research has suggested that, as part of a healthy lifestyle, regular tea drinking may help maintain a healthy heart. In this new study, tea flavonoids appeared to play a role in maintaining healthy blood vessel function, which in turn could contribute to maintaining cardiovascular health. The study's results showing improved vascular function are also consistent with factors that could account for the results of a recent analysis in which regular tea drinking was associated with a significantly reduced risk of ischemic stroke."

"We are delighted to have helped fund this study and helped further our understanding of the role of tea in health and wellness - and particularly its potential to help maintain cardiovascular health. This new study provides further support that regular tea drinking may be one of the most actionable changes a consumer can make as part of a healthy lifestyle."

Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water, and is a major source of dietary flavonoid intake in Western countries and in the Middle and Far East. Although this study evaluated a limited population - healthy men - and further research is needed, its findings may ultimately be relevant to millions of tea drinkers globally.

A full copy of the research findings, Black tea consumption dose-dependently improved flow-mediated dilation in healthy males, will be published in The Journal of Hypertension in April 2009. The abstract is now available online at: '/>"/>

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