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Coffee, Tea May Slash Risk of Death from Heart Disease

A large study recently found that both coffee and tea may slash the risk of death from heart disease, strengthening the body of science backing the benefits of these widely consumed beverages.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Holland, and published in the June 2010 issue of the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Using a detailed questionnaire, the researchers were able to determine the daily coffee and tea consumption of the nearly 40,000 participants that took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study.

The participants were then followed for 13 years and during that time 1,881 cases of “cardiovascular events” were documented. 563 of those events were strokes and 1,387 were coronary heart disease (CHD). Seventy deaths from stroke were documented and 123 from CHD.

The researchers found that 3-6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of death from heart disease by 45% compared to those who drank one cup or less per day. 2-4 cups of coffee a day resulted in a 20% reduction in risk, compared to those who drank less than two or more than four cups per day.

Research continues to grow highlighting the potential health benefits of coffee and tea, the two most widely consumed beverages in the world.

In terms of coffee, previous studies have found a link between its consumption and reductions in the risk of prostate cancer, cirrhosis and oral cavities. Over half a dozen different studies have also shown that people who drink coffee regularly are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

Tea, on the other hand, is high in powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which have been touted for their ability to reduce cognitive decline, vision loss and the risk of certain cancers.

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