a great way to thank your mom for making you drink your tea!Last week, a new tea study appeared in my personal favorite coffee-table mag, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. The report, released by Greek researchers Wednesday, showed that green tea dramatically improves the health of the delicate cells lining the blood vessels and helps lower one’s risk of heart disease.

The research says that drinking green tea greatly improves blood flow and helps the arteries relax. What is truly extraordinary about these findings, though, is that the scientists found that these effects are evident fairly rapidly, within just 30 minutes of drinking tea.

Being that heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death, this is great news for tea drinkers and all the more reason for those who haven’t discovered good tea yet to take that all-important first step. Your great-grandchildren will thank you!