Apart from various benefits noted for tea, a new review suggests that drinking three cups of the beverage per day can keep heart attacks and stroke at bay.
According to the review article published in Molecular Aspects of Medicine, drinking three cups of tea per day can protect the individual against cardiovascular events including heart attacks and stroke, reducing the risk of the condition by 11 percent.
The high content of flavonoids in tea is believed to prevent the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries, particularly carotid artery, and subsequently counteracting cardiovascular disease, the study found.
"There is now consistent data indicating that tea and tea flavonoids can enhance nitric oxide status and improve endothelial function, which may be at least partly responsible for benefits on cardiovascular health,” said Jonathan Hodgson, co-author of the review.
Each two cups of tea is reported to have an antioxidants content equivalent to five portions of vegetables or two apples. Despite the general belief, the current study also revealed that the flavonoid content of black tea is equal to that of green tea.
“Adding milk to tea doesn't affect the absorption of flavonoids from tea, according to several human research trials. In addition, the antioxidant effects seen in our blood following tea consumption are similar whether or not milk is added,” said Catherine Hood from the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel.