High blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. When this force is too high, it can damage the delicate tissues in your arteries. This process can eventually lead to heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, eating a healthy diet can provide a buffer against high blood pressure by reversing high numbers.
Black tea has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and relax arterial stiffness – a cause of hypertension.
Furthermore, this effect has been shown to kick in within an hour of consumption.
Researchers investigated the effects of black tea on blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
For the study, published in the journal Nutrients, 19 patients were assigned to drink either black tea or a placebo twice a day for eight days.
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High blood pressure often doesn’t have any symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is to get your blood pressure checked.
In the UK, healthy adults over the age of 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.
“If you are at risk for high blood pressure, you should have your blood pressure checked more often, ideally once a year,” the NHS advises.
“This is very easy to do and could save your life.”
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