Posted by Abhinandan Thaman on February 20, 2012

A review published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin elucidated that regular consumption of black tea, with or without milk can deter heart problems as it minimizes the levels of blood sugar and cholesterol.

The benefits of tea are attributed to its flavonoid content, the antioxidant ingredients that offset cardiovascular disease.

The analysis found one cup of tea provides approximately 150-200mg of flavonoids.

Health giving antioxidants
Tea is considered to be the best source of antioxidants in the diet, as two cups of the popular beverage delivers antioxidants equivalent to five portions of vegetables.

Flavonoids found naturally in tea help control inflammation, promote blood vessel function, limit build up of plaque in the artery walls and reduces excessive blood clotting. This in turn helps towards maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.

A study involving 87 volunteers in a 12-week study also found out that drinking 3 cups of tea on a daily basis exhibited a significant improvement in various cardiovascular risk factors.

Expert's Opinion
Nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, co-author of the review a member of the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) stated, “There is far more to the nation’s favorite drink than we realize.

"With its antioxidant flavonoids, black tea packs a powerful punch with many health benefits particularly for the heart. And recent studies show that the flavonoids work their magic whether or not we choose to add milk.”

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