Mackie: Cup of tea good for your heart

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by Mackie Shilstone / Fitness Expert

wwltv.com

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 4:26 PM

A cup of tea a day may substantially cut heart attack risk.

There are many types of herbal teas out on the market these days and most, if not all of them, are good for you.

Hibiscus tea is one of the most healthy. It contains a number of different antioxidants that may help protect against cell-damaging free radicals in the body. It may also help control blood pressure.

A 1999 study at Harvard University concluded that drinking a single cup of tea daily reduces the risk of heart attack by about 44%. Both black and green teas contain disease-fighting flavonoids.

Hibiscus can be found as one of the ingredients in sour, sorrel or red zinger teas, but check the ingredients label just to be certain. When drinking hot tea, though, be careful. Drinking hot liquids has been associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Allow your tea to cool before sipping.

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