Green tea the key to longevity?

I don’t particularly like green tea. It tastes to me like I’m drinking hot water with a hint of fermented mint. But I keep sipping it because it seems to me that I should like it, and it also sounds so healthy and cozy. It’s one of those things, like sushi and asparagus, that I keep trying with the hope that eventually I’ll like it.

Now there’s new evidence that it’s a good thing to keep drinking that green tea.

According to a recent study, the beverage might be the key to a long life. The study was conducted in Japan, and took place over 11 years. Most of the participants drank green tea as part of their daily diet, but those who drank a lot (5 cups or more per day) had a 26% lesser chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than the 1-cup-a-day people.Interestingly, the researchers found that lots of green tea helps women more than men – as women who drank 5 plus cups per day were 31% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to the less than 1-cup-per day women.

Those are some pretty impressive stats, even though researchers caution that it’s not clear if the same results might be found in North America and the UK. Regardless, I’m going to keep trying to like my daily green tea.

Author by Kristin Scott