Having a ‘cuppa’ in order to relax is not just a placebo. Research by University College London has shown that those who drink tea are likely to recover a lot quicker from stress than those who don’t. Black tea has been shown to cut levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood. After a stressful day regular tea-drinkers are therefore hormonally more resistant to stress than non-tea-drinkers.
If that wasn’t a big enough incentive, the study also found that tea-drinkers had a lower risk of blood clotting and heart attacks!
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Written by Dr. Noel Duncan
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