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Maintaining a healthy heart is, arguably, the most vital thing one can do for their wellbeing. Alas, it isn’t always easy. In the UK, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) remains the most common cause of death before 65, accounting for 16% of male and 10% of female deaths. Overall, 160,000 people die from heart and circulatory disease; 73,000 from CHD, in particular; 42,000 prematurely from cardiovascular disease.

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High diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity contribute significantly to cardiovascular-related issues. Smoking, meanwhile, has a tremendous effect on heart health and is often responsible for high blood pressure. But what’s the answer? Tea - or at least partly. Though a consultation with a doctor or other health professional is strongly urged by The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, it is also important to note that one’s morning brew could help in the fight against cardiovascular disease according to the latest scientific research.

A recent meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea-related observational studies discovered that participants who drank the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least Green Tea. Other preliminary research suggests that Green Tea could, very potentially, have a preventative effect against atherosclerosis.

Some Herbal Teas also fare well when it comes to improved cardiovascular health. To lowering blood pressure, one should consider drinking three cups of Hibiscus Tea a day, according to research conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA). The study in question saw sixty-five people aged between 30 to 70, all of whom considered to be “at risk” from high blood pressure, split into two groups. The first group consumed Hibiscus Tea three times a day while the second group was given a placebo. After a six-week period, the results determined that the Hibiscus group “showed an average fall of 7.2 percent in blood pressure, with some recording a 13.2 percent drop. The placebo group, in comparison, recorded a 1.3 percent drop”.

Furthermore, a study published in the May 2010 issue of the journal, “Public Health Nutrition”, suggested that Rooibos Tea, a Herbal Tea produced exclusively in South Africa, could have an overall positive effect on cardiovascular health. But best of all, these Teas are not the only Teas to offer such qualities. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we have many “hearty” brews to choose from, including Gunpowder Formosa Green Tea, White Peony Tea, Yunnan Gold Toppest, Elderflower Herbal Tea, Turmeric Herbal Tea and Milk Thistle Tea. Which one is for you?

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