Good news is here, obsessive tea-drinkers

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Spend your 9-5 furtively quaffing cups of tea? 

 

Be ashamed no longer. It transpires that five mugs a day of fragrant leaves in hot water could reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and strokes. 

 

In new advice from the Health Council of the Netherlands (an independent scientific body that advises Holland's parliament) we should all be aiming for between three and five servings of black or green tea a day. 

 

Eert Schoten, a spokesman for the health council, said: "We noted that in the scientific literature in the last 10 years, there are clear signs that drinking tea is good for your health. Three to five cups a day reduce blood pressure, diabetes and stroke risks, so this comes as one of our 16 guidelines [to the Dutch parliament.]"

 

This all backs up previous research, which has shown that the polyphenols​ (a type of micronutrient) found in tea can help to protect our skin from UV rays, as well as activating detoxification enzymes. Just make sure you don't exceed five cups, as then you're at risk of over-caffeinating​ and messing up your sleep pattern. 

 

There is one pretty hefty caveat: your builder's brew doesn't count. For all those lovely benefits, the tea has to be black or green. Oh, and herbal blends don't count either, sorry. 

 

Well, we were hardly going to advise five teaspoons of sugar a day. Were we? 

 

 

Please note this article has been produced for information purposes only. It should not be viewed as a replacement for any kind of nutritional advice.

 

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