Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Daily tea consumption reduces risk ischemic heart disease Chinese adults

Tea consumption and risk of ischaemic heart disease

Literature - Li X, Yu C, Guo Y, et al. - Heart 2017; published online ahead of print


Polyphenols, particularly flavonoids, are ingredients of tea and have antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties. They also inhibit oxidative reactions, reverse endothelial dysfunction, and prevent or delay atherosclerosis [1]. Studies evaluating the association between tea consumption and risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) have resulted in conflicting conclusions [2,3]. However, these studies were small and low-powered.

In this study, the association of regular tea consumption with the risk of IHD was prospectively examined in 0.5 million adults included in the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) study [4,5].

Main results


In a large prospective cohort of Chinese adults, daily tea consumption was associated with 8% relative risk reduction in IHD, compared to never drinking tea. These findings confirm the protective effect of tea consumption on IHD.


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