Women who regularly drink three cups of tea a day may be protecting themselves from heart attacks and strokes.
Researchers have found that the nation's favourite beverage prevents the build-up of plaques – a dangerous mass of fat and cholesterol – in their arteries, reports the Daily Mail.
During initial trials of 2,613 men and 3,984 women, detailed in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, And Vascular Biology, it was found that only a third of women who drink three cups or more each day had plaques in a neck artery compared with some 50 per cent of those who drank no tea.
However, men who regularly drank tea did not benefit from the effects – although the research team were unsure why.
The findings were not dependent on other factors, such as whether the women smoked or suffered from vascular disease.
Victoria Taylor, heart health dietician for the British Heart Foundation, told the newspaper that the findings are "good news for people who enjoy a regular cuppa" and called for further tests on the subject.
According to the Stroke Association, every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke.
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