New research suggests that drinking several cups of tea per day has numerous health benefits, which include lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and mortality. The results suggested that drinking at least four cups of black or green tea daily has lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 17 percent.
The research involved more than one million adults across eight countries. The findings indicate that there is less benefit associated with drinking fewer cups of tea. Xianying Li, a researcher at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, said their results suggest that people can do something as simple as drinking four cups of tea daily to potentially decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the study, drinking two or more cups of black tea daily has lowered the risk of death by 9 percent to 13 percent in the United Kingdom over a period of 14 years, compared to those who does not drink tea. The study also revealed an association between drinking multiple cups of tea and a low risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
The health benefits of drinking tea might have to do with polyphenols, compounds found naturally in plants that provide antioxidants.