Drinking This 3 Times a Week Can Help You Live Longer, Study Finds

If this year has taught us anything, it’s that so many things in life hinge on good health. And while many of the health habits that boost longevity can feel like a chore—long workouts and Spartan diets, to name a few—other health rituals can be an absolute pleasure. According to a January study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, one such habit promises a simple way to live a “longer and healthier life:” habitually drinking tea. Read on to learn tea’s surprising benefits, and for more health tips, find out why Going to Bed Past This Exact Time Is Hurting Your Health.

After following a cohort of 100,902 study subjects over the course of roughly seven years, the study found that habitual tea consumption was linked with “more healthy years of life and longer life expectancy,” a press release for the study explained. In particular, regular tea consumption—defined as habitually drinking tea three times per week or more—was found to be associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease.

When compared with those who drank tea infrequently or never, 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 death from other causes.