Abigail MeadowJanuary 9th

We all love a cuppa tea. It brings you comfort when you're sad, it soothes the soul and it brings people together to natter about the comings and goings of life.

Now, apparently according to some very professional researchers, drinking tea at least three times a week (which is nothing if I'm anything to go by) is linked to living a longer and healthier life.

Scientisist have found this to be true with new research finding habitual consumption of tea associated with lower cardiovascular diseased and improved health.

Reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, scientists examaning 100,902 Chinese adults who had no previous history of heart attack, stroke or cancer.

The research was carried out over 22 years, with participants studied in 15 provinces across China since 1998, although each participant was only followed for an average of 7.3 years.

Information was collected using standardised questionnaires. Participants were put into two groups; regular tea drinkers, who drank it three or more times a week and non-regular tea drinkers, who drank it fewer than three times a week.

Research showed that habitual tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and stroke compared to those who never or rarely drank tea.

Dr Xinyan Wang, one of the authors of the study, said as per The Mirror: "Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers."

The research also suggests that there may be a difference in effect with different types of tea, with green tea being the most popular drink in this study.

Of the habitual tea drinkers, 49% drank green tea, 43% preferred scented or other teas, and 8% opted for black tea.

I'm on my fifth cup of Yorkshire tea with milk, does that count?

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