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Blood Pressure

Posted date:
6th Jun '16

Dr Carrie Ruxton says:

"High blood pressure is often referred to as a "silent killer". Lowering blood pressure can make a huge difference to health, preventing the onset of a stroke of heart attack.1

"Taking an interest in this and having carried out a scientific search I found a new meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The paper pooled findings from 25 randomised controlled trials involving 1476 people. Findings suggested that long-term tea intake reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure while acute tea intake had no effect. The blood pressure lowering effect was particularly apparent in people who drank tea for more than 12 weeks. These are intriguing findings, with the polyphenol ingredients in tea and their ability to protect blood vessels and enhance blood flow being the likely contributors to these findings.

"To help lower blood pressure, standard advice from the Health Services is to exercise, loose weight, quit smoking, limit alcohol eat healthily which includes less salt, saturated fat and 5-portions of fruit and veg. daily. However, alongside this I would like to the simple recommendation of tea drinking - one that I will certainly be pointing out to some family members and friends."

 

References:
1 www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hypertension/Pages/Keepbloodpressurehealthy.aspx

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