Drinking Tea May Help Your Health in Later Life

You might be surprised to learn that a daily cup of tea could help you enjoy many years of good health in later life. If it’s not your preference, there are other things such as flavonoids found in some commonly consumed foods and beverages like green or black teas, nuts, apples, berries, citrus fruit, etc., all with the potential for long term benefits. New research shows they may actually do more than we thought.

A study by the Heart Foundation discovered that older women who consumed high levels of flavonoids had a much lower risk for abdominal aortic calcification, or AAC. This discovery could potentially lead to better methods on how we may prevent or treat this condition in future patients.

AAC, or calcium deposits on the abdominal aorta can predict cardiovascular risks such as heart attack or stroke. It has also been found to be an accurate indicator for late-life dementia. The abdominal aorta is one of the largest arteries and supplies oxygenated blood from our heart to various organs throughout your body.

Flavonoids are present in many foods and beverages, but some sources have higher levels. For example, dark roast coffee, black tea and red wine along with blueberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, raisins/grapes and chocolate often contain the most.

The study indicates that there are many different types of flavonoids, such as anthocyanidins and flavan-3-ols which appear to have a relationship with AAC.

The participants who had a higher intake of total flavonoids, 3-Oimmers and 2 pmol per day were 36 to 39 percent less likely to have extensive AAC. Black tea was the study’s main source for total F3Os with significantly lower odds among people that drink it as well compared those without any type or amount during this time period.

While black tea was the leading flavonoid source in this study, it’s possible that people could still benefit from other types. Higher total non-tea intake among women who do not drink coffee or herbal teas were found linked with lower levels for extensive calcification within arteries. This may be due because they’re getting some protection through plant compounds.

The presence of flavonoids in our diets could protect us from the development and progression of AAC. This study shows that the intake of these compounds is easily achievable for most people, so it’s important to include them in your diet.

To view the original scientific study click below:
Higher Habitual Dietary Flavonoid Intake Associates With Less Extensive Abdominal Aortic Calcification in a Cohort of Older Women