"We can’t help but think we are invincible, living for the moment. It’s usually not until a medical wobble arises that you begin to think about your own mortality and how your lifestyle feeds into this, even as a health professional. So, what are the links between tea and our mortality?
"A recent study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that drinking two cups of tea a day is associated with a 40% reduction in risk of mortality from all causes1. This research was carried out on a study population of 1063 women, aged 75 years and over, with the flavonoid content of tea thought to be responsible for these benefits.
"These findings are great news for British tea drinkers, many of whom are the same age as the women in this study. Reflecting on my own parents and grandparents at this age, making a cup of tea could sometimes present a major challenge! I found that adding a bit less water to the kettle to make it lighter and kettle tippers can help. Daily tea drinking is also an important part of topping up the hydration levels of older adults."
1 Ivey KL et al. (2015) Flavonoid intake and all-cause mortality. Am J Clin Nutr 101:1012–20.
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