A new study has suggested that one of the keys to living a longer life is to drink at least two cups of tea per day.
In what is news that’s bound make the day of tea drinkers nationwide, according to some newly-conduced research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people who drink two or more cups of tea daily are likely to live longer than those who do not drink any – and apparently, it doesn’t matter how you like to brew your cup either.
Despite the temperature it’s drunk at, and regardless of whether you take it black, or with milk and sugar, the study found that the positive affects of tea appear unaffected.
Genetic variants that influence the rate people metabolise caffeine were also found to not affect tea’s beneficial properties.
So, how was the research conducted then? And can we take it as the truth?
Well, the study was carried out by researchers from the National Institutes of Health using data from the UK Biobank, alongside a questionnaire that was answered by participants between 2006 to 2010, and followed up on more than a decade.
Researchers found that 85% of the 500,000 or so men and women aged 40 to 69 report that they regularly drink tea, and of those, 89% said they drank black tea.
In a middle-aged and mostly white adult general population, the research suggested that regular consumption of black tea was associated with between a 9% and 13% reduction in mortality over 10 years.
This was especially true in terms of cardiovascular disease.
The findings from the study have been described as representing “a substantial advance in the field”, according to Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo, who is a professor of preventive medicine and public health at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Professor Artalejo did however make sure to state that the study does not definitively establish that tea is the cause of the lower early mortality, as it can’t exclude that this is down to other health factors associated with tea consumption, and the question of whether people who don’t drink tea should start doing so to improve their health also remains unanswered at this point.
“Studies should be done with repeated measurements of tea consumption over time,” he explained.
“[They should] compare the mortality of those who do not consume tea on a sustained basis with that of those who have started to consume tea or have increased their consumption over time, and those who have been drinking tea for years.”
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Boxing legend Ricky Hatton revealed as first Dancing on Ice contestant for 2024
In a surprising announcement from the world of television and boxing, legendary fighter and Manc sporting icon Ricky Hatton has been announced as the very first contestant on the next season of Dancing on Ice.
And yes, we’d wager we’re about as surprised as you are.
Ricky Hatton fully retired from boxing back in 2012 and has been busy coaching at his gym in Hyde ever since, but did return for an exhibition match in November last year and has clearly been keeping in shape — so much so that he fancied a crack at joining the Dancing on Ice cast of 2024
Appearing on This Morning on Tuesday, 26 September, the Stockport-born bruiser confirmed that he will be taking part in the upcoming series which starts in January.
If they don’t do a routine set to the tune of ‘Blue Moon’, it’ll be us who start throwing fists.
Punching his way onto the ITV studio this morning, Hatton revealed himself as the first contestant of the hit ice-skating reality show next season, with presenter Holly Willoughby stating that she “can’t wait to get [him] in the rink” and Ricky joking, “I wish I shared your confidence”.
Explaining exactly why he said yes, the 44-year-old said, “I like setting new challenges and keeping myself busy”, acknowledging that he also struggled with retirement when he hung up his gloves.
Admitting that there aren’t many adventures quite as new as taking on Dancing on Ice in front of millions of viewers watching back home, ‘Hitman’ said, “If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink.”
As for how well he’ll fare swapping the ring for the rink, only time will tell but he was always known for his footwork just as much as he was for his power, so we’re backing him to be a bit of a dark horse.
We can’t wait to see the Mancunian get skating, especially with him making such a concerted effort to raise awareness surrounding mental health and how keeping busy, exercising and setting yourself new challenges can have a big impact.
The Manc had the immense pleasure of chatting with Ricky a few months back ahead of the 2023 Manchester Remembers charity match, another cause he was proud to get behind. It was a joy.
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Woman slams ‘the Molly-Mae effect’ after huge queues form at farm shop
A woman has demonstrated the power of super-influencer Molly-Mae Hague, revealing that massive queues have been forming at a farm shop she posted about.
The ex-Love Island star turned PLT creative director had shared a series of photos and a YouTube vlog on her massive social media platforms, showing off her visit to The Hollies Farm Shop in Tarporley.
Molly-Mae filmed a video with her sister Zoe and seven-month-old daughter Bambi Fury in the family-run Cheshire farm shop.
In it, she told her 1.8 million YouTube followers: “Honestly, everything in here is just unreal” and added that their homemade sausage rolls were ‘literally my heaven’.
She added: “I cannot begin to explain to you, these are the best cookies I’ve ever eaten, and that’s a big statement because I like my cookies.”
The group then tucked into hot chocolates in the farm shop’s cafe area.
And ever since the 24-year-old’s promo, The Hollies Farm Shop has been rammed, according to one TikTok user.