Drinking regular cups of tea and coffee can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, a new study has suggested.
A team working at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands looked into the tea and coffee drinking habits of more than 37,000 people, as well at their levels of heart disease over the past 13 years.
They found that tea offers the most heart health benefits, with people who drink between three and six cups a day 45 per cent less likely to suffer coronary problems than adults who drink less than one cup a day.
A similar rate of consumption of coffee was found to reduce the risk of heart disease by around 20 per cent.
While welcoming the news, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has advised that tea and coffee may only be beneficial if consumed as part of a health lifestyle.
"Having a cigarette with your coffee could completely cancel any benefits, while drinking lots of tea in front of the TV for hours on end without exercising is unlikely to offer your heart much protection at all," Ellen Mason, a senior cardiac nurse at the charity said.
At the same time, the BHF has advised that reducing exposure to air pollution could be beneficial to heart health.