We already know that tea is good for sunburn and coffee is good for your brain. Despite the latter's reputation for getting the heart racing, it seems drinking both could also have cardiac health benefits.
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BBC News reports on a long-term study of 40,000 people in the Netherlands over 13 years which found a link between consumption of tea or coffee and a reduced level of heart disease. Drinking between two and four cups a day appeared to lower the risk of heart disease, without any demonstrable increase in the risk of dying from other causes.
The results aren't a slam-dunk for drinking endless cups of coffee: the effect appeared to disappear for people who drank more than four cups a day. There wasn't a similar apparent ceiling for tea drinkers, though it remains unclear whether the Dutch preference for tea without milk was a relevant factor. And as the article notes, there's plenty of other things you should do to maintain a healthy heart besides drinking caffeinated beverages, exercise foremost amongst them. Nonetheless, we'll always welcome any evidence that lets us have a cup of tea.