Drinking up to eight cups of tea a day offers 'significant health benefits', according to a new expert report.
Britain's favourite drink can help fight heart disease, improve brain power and lead to longer lives, the study has shown. The report's author, nutrition expert Dr Carrie Ruxton, said her work 'debunked' some of the myths around caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and cocoa. She compared the results of 47 independent studies to reach her conclusions.
Dr Ruxton found the caffeine contained in drinks can lead to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as making drinkers feel more alert and cheerful and improve. She said the optimum caffeine intake for an adult was 400mg a day, equivalent to eight cups of tea or four coffees.
That amount gave drinkers the best levels of the health-giving antioxidants and flavanoids contained in caffeinated drinks. Dr Ruxton said the drinks were also healthy for children but should be limited to 95mg a day, equivalent to two small cups of tea or one small, weak coffee.