• Live Longer With Tea, Even For Smokers

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    Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.
    The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed.
    All types of tea (green, black and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation.

    Most people know that drinking tea has heart benefits. Now scientists say it can reduce from other causes as well.

    “If you have to choose between tea or coffee it’s probably better to drink tea” said lead researcher Professor Nicolas Danchin of his study which found that drinking tea reduces death from non-cardiovascular causes – especially in smokers.

    The study included 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 years who had a health check up at the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Centre between January 2001 and December 2008.

    Coffee or tea consumption was assessed by a self-administered questionnaire as one of three classes: none, 1 to 4, or more than 4 cups per day.

    The French researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than non-drinkers, particularly if they were also smokers.

    Smokers were also more likely to be high coffee drinkers whereas non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45% having …

    If you want to live for a long time, all you really have to do is change your lifestyle a bit. Most of it comes with eating the right foods, but you shouldn't forget to stand up a bit too (even if that means standing up at your desk while working, or something). Japanese people don’t live long because they have better genes – it’s all lifestyle, and it’s all a choice (or, for them, a culture, which I guess makes it easier). You can make shifts as well, and increase your life expectancy by 5-10 (good) years.

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