FoodFacts.com really enjoys a good cup of tea! We’ve always been big proponents of the health benefits of tea drinking and have long been interested in the newest findings about those benefits. We regularly hear news about green tea … but today we want to talk about some recent research regarding black tea.

This study out of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden has illustrated that black tea drinkers were over 21 percent less likely to experience a stroke when compared with those who did not drink black tea.

The study examined data from over 70,000 men and women without any cardiovascular disease beginning in 1997. This population was followed for up to ten years, until December of 2008. During the study period, 4089 people experienced a stroke for the first time. The researchers considered potential risk factors for stroke in looking at the group as a whole. Even with those factors considered, it was found that high black tea consumption resulted in a significantly lower stroke risk. Specifically, those involved in the study who drank four or more cups of tea every day had a 21 percent lower risk of stroke than those who did not drink any tea at all.

The study strongly suggests that drinking four or more cups of black tea a day can reduce stroke risk. While this is great news for black tea drinkers, further study will be needed to determine definitively that tea drinking itself is responsible for this reduced risk. It is possible that those who consume four or more cups of tea each day have healthier habits than those who don’t.

FoodFacts.com is aware of other health benefits associated with tea drinking. This is just another great reason to relax, slow down and enjoy the warmth of some black tea. While we understand further study is needed to prove these findings conclusively, we love the idea that the simple act of drinking black tea might possibly reduce stroke risk for us all!

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Disease/stroke_risk_can_be_reduced_by_drinking_black_tea_0308130752.html