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'Stroke risk reduced' by daily cups of tea

'Stroke risk reduced' by daily cups of tea
26th February 2009

The humble cup of tea, Britain's favourite drink, has been said to reduce the risk of getting a stroke.

Scientists at the American Heart Association discovered that three cups of the hot beverage each day could reduce blood pressure and cut the risk of clots by up to 21 per cent.

Following ten studies in Japan, Holland, China, Australia, Finland and the US, it was understood that chemicals present in tea - most notably catechins and theanins - could aid in improving the function of blood vessels.

Despite the findings, the Stroke Association highlighted that caffeine in tea could still have a detrimental effect on a person's chances of avoiding a stroke.

Joanne Murphy, the medical liaison officer at the charity, told the Daily Telegraph: "However, excess caffeine intake is believed to contribute to high blood pressure, the single biggest risk factor for stroke.

"Therefore we recommend moderate consumption of tea as part of a health balance diet to help reduce the risk of stroke."

Earlier this week, Ms Murphy said that with obesity reaching record levels, it was more important than ever that people watched the risk of strokes across the nation.

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