Protect your arteries with a daily cup of THIS

You know how important calcium is, especially as you get older. You absolutely need it to ensure strong and healthy bone.

But unfortunately, most of the calcium in the typical diet doesn't head for the bone. It goes exactly where you DON'T want it: in the coronary arteries.

As you age, you're bound to have some calcium building up in there. But it's something you need to limit, since too much calcium leads to the hardened arteries that set the stage for a heart attack.

Now, the latest research reveals a simple, safe, and absolutely delicious way to stop calcium from hardening your arteries and cut your risk of a heart attack.

All you have to do is drink more tea!

According to the new study in the American Journal of Medicine, a little tea rushing through your body is almost like a cleanup crew, sweeping out the excess calcium.

Just a cup or two a day is all it takes to slow the progression of coronary artery calcium, when compared to folks who drink little to no tea -- including people who drink coffee instead.

In fact, just that little bit -- a cup or two a day of green or black tea -- will cut the risk of a calcium score above 100, which is considered the "danger zone" for coronary artery disease.

Drinking tea daily will even cut your risk of cardiovascular events such as a heart attack by 29 percent.

Folks who drink coffee, on the other hand, actually have a slightly higher risk of heart problems, according to the study -- although in this case, it doesn't seem connected to calcium in the arteries, since it didn't lead to any increase in buildup.

That said, it also didn't slow it down. So at best, you can say coffee's neutral when it comes to those all-important calcium scores.

And while there may be some health benefits to coffee, there have also been some concerns over possible links to cancer.

In addition, coffee contains very high levels of caffeine -- high enough that it could cause problems, especially in people who are sensitive.

Tea is a better option, since it contains lower levels of caffeine and higher levels of healthy antioxidants. Tea can also fight cancer, protect the brain, and cut your risk of heart problems.

The only thing to watch for is where it comes from. Tea is very sensitive to metals and other contaminants and can pull them right out of the soil and into the leaves -- so don't buy any tea grown in China or anyplace else with a questionable safety record.