Green Tea powerfully protects you from dying due to heartdisease or colon cancer

September 10, 2009

Seven cups of green tea a day over the long-term may massively reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer and heart disease, suggests a new study from Japan. The Japanese team recruited 14,001 elderly residents in Japan whose aged ranged between 65 and 84 who were followed for 5.2 years on average. Compared to people who drank less than one cup a day, seven or more cups of green tea a day may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by a whopping 75 per cent, report scientists from Okayama University. Additionally, a reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer mortality of 31 per cent was observed for people who drank more than seven cups of green a day, compared to people who frank less than three cups a day. The strong effects observed in the study may be due to long-term, high consumption of green tea, said the researchers. The scientists from Okayama University report their findings in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.

Recently, scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported that the cells of regular tea drinkers may have a younger biological age than cells from non-drinkers. By looking at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age, the Chinese researchers reported that the telomeres of people who drank an average of three cups of tea per day were about 4.6 kilobases longer than people who drank an average of a quarter of a cup a day. This average difference in the telomere length corresponds to “approximately a difference of 5 years of life,” wrote the Hong Kong-based researchers.