Love Tea? You might live longer!

A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences published a study that associates regular tea drinking with lower risks of cardiovascular disease. For the study, they tracked over 100,000 adults across 15 provinces in China for more than seven years. The drinkers who had at least three servings of tea a week lived 1.41 years longer than those who didn’t.

Tea drinkers are at about 22% lower risk of dying of heart disease or stroke and 15% less likely to die from other diseases. They also found through a smaller study that those who drank tea over longer periods reduced risk even more. This smaller group was followed for over eight years and those that drank tea more often had a 56% decrease of a chance of stroke or heart disease, and 29% less risk of dying of other illnesses.

Because the polyphenols are not stored long-term in your body, tea should be consumed frequently. The most health benefits are from green tea. Green tea is higher in polyphenols. Black tea loses some polyphenols during the process used to ferment it during production.

This study did not take into account diet or exercise so there may be other factors that could effect this outcome.

Source – TheRegister

Make Your Coffee Even Better

So the Victor crew came across an interesting article on USAToday.com about how to make coffee better for your brain and body. So let’s look at some of the suggestions.

First one is butter. This is just a a nod to Bulletproof type coffee. This is a way people on the ketogenic diets can use. This helps to make you feel full longer. It is suggested to use butter from grass-fed cows or ghee. Coconut oil or MCT is another ingredient you find in Bulletproof coffee.

Another suggestions is mushrooms. This could come in the form of powder. Specifically they suggest chaga or lion’s mane. Mushrooms contain antioxidants. Lion’s mane helps you with focus and concentration as well as the nervous system.

Cinnamon is another thing you can add. Not only does it taste good, it helps with glucose and cholesterol.

Coffee is safe after all

According to a new study by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), three to five cups of coffee intake was found to be beneficial, except for pregnant women. They do not suggest that doctors should recommend coffee consumption, however.

The amount is maxxed out at five cups. Any more than that are of no benefit and may even reduce or reverse the benefit. In terms of caffeine that is less than 400mg of caffeine/day. Pregnant women should keep their intake to less than 200mg/day of caffeine.

Some of the health benefits believed to be from coffee include incidence of an mortality from cardiovascular disease, incidence of cancer, fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic), diabetes, and cirrhosis.

Coffee and your health

Jody Victor‘s crew came across a couple interesting articles relating coffee or coffee products and some particular health issues.

In one article from Science20.com, they spoke of a new study that people of 1914 may have had worse memory than people a century earlier. So what is the difference? They are saying the reason is partially hydrogenated oil also known as trans fats. They were cheaper than butter. What does this have to do with coffee? Well, it could be in your coffee creamer as well as with many go-withs such as donuts, crackers and other foods.

In another article from

Good News for Tea or Coffee Drinkers!

Drinking 4 cups of tea or coffee a day is BETTER than not drinking any at all. This article tells us that:

  • People who drink a lot of tea/coffee have lower blood pressure
  • More than 4 cups a day drinkers have lower heart rates
  • Those who drink NO coffee/tea have highest blood pressure levels
  • Flavinoids in tea could help relax blood vessels which reduces blood pressure

So go ahead and pour that next cup!
~ Jody Victor