SOME GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!

GREEN AND BLACK TEA MAY LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE,  A NEW STUDY FINDS.

If you read my other articles on studies that showed people who drink tea, particularly green tea, live longer and how tea may also help control diabetes, you might be happy to hear that a new study offers further good news on the effect it may have on lowering high blood pressure. You can check out those articles here.

Key Points:

  • Black and green tea may help dilate blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure.

  • The findings of this study may help develop new antihypertensive medication, medication used to help treat hypertension.

WHAT EXACTLY IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR HYPERTENSION?

High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is consistently too high. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/the-facts-about-high-blood-pressure/what-is-high-blood-pressure

While the cause of hypertension varies depending on many factors like hormonal changes in the body, or stress, many people suffer from high blood pressure due other factors such as age, alcohol consumption and obesity. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150109#causes

STUDY SHEDS SOME LIGHT ON TEAS’ EFFECT ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

A March 8, 2021  study by the University of California, Irvine, California, found that green and black tea helped relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels, allowing them to dilate more and increase the flow of blood.  This increase in blood flow decreases the pressure against the walls of the blood vessels, hence lowering what is considered high blood pressure.

https://som.uci.edu/news_releases/green-black-tea-antihypertensive-properties.asp#:~:text=Study%20results%20may%20lead%20to,in%20the%20blood%20vessel%20wall.

“The action of tea is consistent whether the beverage is iced or hot,” he says. “Simply by drinking it, we can activate its beneficial, hypertensive properties,” states Geoffrey Abbot, Ph.D., the co-author of the study.

The study points to two properties that green and black tea has that may be the reason for these health benefits:  

  • the protein KCNQ5, 

  • and compounds called flavanols.  

The study found that people who consumed tea and ate foods rich in flavonols had lower blood pressure than those who did not.  Some foods that contain flavonols are:

  • Red wine

  • Grapes

  • Apples

  • Berries

  • Cocoa

Other things you can do to lower your blood pressure:

  • Keep active:  Exercise and walk on a regular basis

  • Reduce stress

  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day

  • Make healthier food choices and maintain a healthy weight

SUMMARY

A recent study finds green and black tea may help lower blood pressure.  This may be great news for those battling hypertension.

Reminder:  

Always consult with your healthcare provider before making changes to your diet or starting an exercise regimen.  You should also check your blood pressure on a regular basis.