July 9, 2010

Tea and Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of CHD

Filed under: heart disease — Tags: , , , , — drwatson @ 9:49 pm

In a recent study, it was found that drinking a moderate amount of tea and/or coffee can decrease the risk of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). Many people around the world, and especially in the United States, are suffering from CHD. Some of you may be wondering what CHD actually is. Well, it is a type of heat disease that involves the blood vessels becoming narrower and thus not transporting sufficient amounts of oxygenated blood to the heart.

In terms of how much to drink, approximately two to three cups of coffee will decrease the risk of CHD. For tea, pretty much the more you drink the more you will benefit. About six cups of tea showed the best results. In addition to lowering the risk of CHD, tea can also play a role in decreasing the mortality rate.

Although coffee and tea can be beneficial, it is also important to weigh the negative effects they have. For example coffee and tea both contain caffeine. In fact, coffee contains two times the amount of caffeine than in tea. Caffeine can cause many health problems.

The study stating that moderate amounts of tea or coffee can decrease the risk of developing CHD was performed in the Netherlands. The tea and coffee used in this experiment was what most people in the Netherlands drink. Filter coffee as made in the Netherlands and black tea were used. The results pertain to only these types of drinks. Other types of tea and coffee may not have as much of an effect or none at all.

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