The great British cuppa can protect against stroke, a study suggests.
Drinking three cups of tea a day cuts the risk of brain clots by 21 per cent, say scientists from the American Heart Association who analysed 10 studies in China, Japan, Finland, Holland, Australia and the U.S.
It is thought that tea may help by reducing blood pressure. Other possibilities are that chemicals present in tea - catechins and theanins - contribute to improved blood vessel function.
'Tea drinking may be one of the most actionable lifestyle changes to significantly reduce the risk of stroke,' said the study.
Dr Catherine Hood of the Tea Advisory Panel said: 'These latest health findings are really exciting for all of us tea drinkers. Despite different countries studied and the different tea drinking customs represented across the studies, the meta-analysis showed that tea consumption was associated with reduced risk for stroke and reduced risk of death from stroke.'
The study found that the risk of a fatal or non-fatal stroke in people drinking three or more cups a day was reduced by 21 per cent compared to those who did not drink tea.