Tea can stop heart problems from brewing

Let’s face it: The best part of waking up is definitely NOT Folgers in your cup.

Most folks who “like” coffee don’t actually like coffee. The only way they can even stomach the stuff is with so much sugar, milk, and flavored creamers that what’s left can barely even be called coffee.

It’s just a sugar delivery system at that point.

But tea? That’s another story, because tea tastes great hot or iced without so much as a drop of sugar. It also contains just enough caffeine to perk you up without making you all jumpy and edgy the way coffee does.

Now, the latest science reveals one more reason to start your day with a piping hot (or ice-cold) cup of tea: It can protect your heart and maybe even save your life.

Just one cup of tea per day will send your heart risk plunging, cutting the odds of a heart attack or any other major cardiovascular problem by 35 percent.

Even better, tea can sweep through your arteries and help clear out the junk that doesn’t belong, like the calcium deposits that can build up and lead to heart disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia.

The study finds that over 11 years, people who drink between one and three cups of tea per day have less calcium gumming up the arteries than folks who drink other beverages.

Since “other” no doubt includes plenty of coffee drinkers – few people consistently drink both on a daily basis – that would suggest tea is better for your heart and arteries than coffee.

The new study focused on both black and green tea, and the researchers say they can’t tell which one packs a bigger punch when it comes to heart protection.

I say it doesn’t really matter much. Although green tea is better for cutting cancer risk, you’ll get a cup full of disease-fighting, age-defying, life-extending antioxidants either way.

Those great benefits are why a study last year even found that tea can cut your risk of a premature death by a stunning 40 percent.

If a drug did that, they’d charge about $1,000 a pill for it!

Instead, you can get those benefits for pennies per cup – but don’t get the cheapest one you can find.

0Tea is very sensitive to its soil and can even pull metals and other contaminants out and store them in its leaves. Most cheaper teas are grown in China, where the soil is often packed with dangerous chemicals – so pay a little extra for organic teas, ideally those grown here in the United States, if you can find it.