Steptoe and colleagues have just published an article (epub in advance) in the journal Atherosclerosis showing that drinking the equivalent of 4 strong cups of black tea for just 6 weeks decreases two major conditions leading to stroke and heart attack. C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood marker of inflammation associated with these cardiovascular diseases, was reduced by 22%. Platelet stickiness, a condition leading to the blood clots that cause stroke and heart attack was also reduced significantly by tea consumption.

This article comes on the heels of the major article in the September issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showing that strokes and heart attacks are reduced in tea drinkers. The evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of tea drinking is becoming more and more compelling on almost a weekly basis. I recommend strongly that everyone, particularly those at high risk for cardiovascular disease, begin drinking tea every day. White, black, green, or oolong, hot, and iced, all have good effects, and the literature suggests the more you drink, the more benefit is derived.