In arguably the biggest good news story of the year, a study has found that drinking tea could actually boost your life expectancy.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia looked at the diets of over 1,000 older women, aged in their 70s and 80s.
The study found that those who were drinking the equivalent of two brews a day were 40 per cent more likely to live longer lives.
Researchers were looking at the impact flavonoid intake had on the women’s risk of death from any cause over the next five years – flavonoids are plant compounds food in various food and drinks, including tea, coffee and chocolate.
They found that 88 per cent of the women were still alive at the end of the five-year study and those with the highest flavonoid intake having the greatest reduced risk of death.
The 2015 study was published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition and had the conclusion: “Using the most comprehensive flavonoid databases, we provide evidence that high consumption of flavonoids is associated with reduced risk of mortality in older women. The benefits of flavonoids may extend to the etiology of cancer and cardiovascular disease.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail, independent dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton, said: “Of course, you don’t need to wait until old age to enjoy the benefits of tea.
“Studies in younger adults show that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of heart disease because tea flavonoids improve vascular flow.
“Tea also contains a modest amount of caffeine which has been proven to boost alertness and concentration.
“New research shows that fluoride and flavonoids in tea are good for dental health as they kill off the bacteria that cause decay and bad breath.”
This news is almost as great as when scientists told us that drinking gin and tonics could increase our metabolism.
Professor Thisa Lye revealed what she thought of the findings in that study: “Consumption of gin resulted in a marked increase in metabolic rate, which indicates the spirit may have a slimming effect on the body.”