Study: Green tea drinkers likely to live longer

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While it’s true nothing will help you live forever, new research indicates green tea might just be the secret to a longer life.

Researchers with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences published the study Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, revealing "habitual" tea drinkers enjoyed longer and healthier lives than occasional tea drinkers, but only if they drank green – not black – tea, Fox News reports.

Habitual tea drinkers were defined as those who consumed the beverage three or more times per week.

The study's first author, Dr. Xinyan Wang with the academy in Beijing, said habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and "all-cause death," Science Daily reported.

Specifically, the analysis of 100,902 participants with no history of heart attack, stroke or cancer revealed that habitual tea drinkers had a 20 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 22 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke and 15 percent lower risk of all-cause death than never or casual tea drinkers, Science Daily reported.

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