Forget expensive pills and exotic potions. The elixir of life could be as simple as a cup or two or tea.
Women in their 70s and 80s lived longer if they had the equivalent of two cuppas a day, research has found. They were 40 per cent less likely to die during the five years studied than other females of a similar age.
Tea, or more specifically, the flavonoids in it, also seemed to protect against the ravages of heart disease and cancer. Flavonoids are health-boosting plant compounds that are found in chocolate, fruit, red wine and coffee. However, tea made the biggest contribution to the flavonoid count in the women studied.
The Australian researchers analysed the health records of more than 1,000 women aged 75-plus. Detailed information about their diet, including the amount of tea and coffee drunk, was used to work out what level of flavonoids they were consuming.
Some 88 per cent of the women were still alive by the end of the study – and those with the most flavonoids in their diet were particularly likely to have survived.
Deaths from heart disease and cancer – the two biggest killers of elderly women – were down, as well as the overall risk of death. Crucially for those looking for simple tips for a longer, healthier life, the amount of flavonoids that provide protection is achievable.
The Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that required amount of 350mg a day can be found in two cups of tea.
Source - Daily Mail