According to French researchers, women can lower their risk of stroke and heart disease by simply drinking tea. Researchers found that women who drank three or more cups of tea daily had a lower incidence of plaquing in the carotid arteries of the neck. In the study, researchers analyzed the carotid arteries via ultrasound in 3,984 women with an average age of 73. Carotid plaques were found in 44 percent of the women who did not drink tea, 42.5 percent who drank 1 to 2 cups of tea daily and 33.7 percent of those drinking at least 3 cups of tea daily. Interestingly, the researchers did not find similar results in men and could not explain why women benefited from tea drinking while the men did not.
Source: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, February 2008.