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    Tea and coffee are good for the heart

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    Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, according to a Dutch study.


    Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people found.


    Consuming between two to four coffees a day was also linked to a reduced risk in the findings of the 13-year-long investigation.


    While the protective effect ceased with more than four cups of coffee a day, even those who drank this much were no more likely to die of any cause, including stroke and cancer, than those who abstained.


    "It's basically a good news story for those who like tea and coffee. These drinks appear to offer benefits for the heart without raising the risk of dying from anything else," said Professor Yvonne van der Schouw, the lead researcher.