Blood pressure is the force at which heart pumps blood into the arteries. Normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Hypertension now affects not only a large number of adults but also children. It is also referred to as “silent killer.” The problem with Hypertension is that its symptoms are barely noticeable until it has reached a severe or life-threatening stage. If your high blood pressure is left untreated, it can give rise to some serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. However, by following a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk of developing hypertension.
Research suggests that medications along with a healthy lifestyle and dietary changes can help reduce hypertension as well as other health conditions associated with hypertension.
1. Hibiscus Tea:
Studies suggest that antioxidants, anthocyanins and other nutrients present in hibiscus tea may help blood vessels get immune to the damage that causes them to narrow thereby significantly reducing the systolic and diastolic blood pressure than those who took a placebo.
2. Green Tea:
Several studies have been conducted on green tea. One of the studies published in the “Endocrine Abstracts” explains that participants were asked to drink four cups of green tea daily for 14 days while also maintaining their current regular diet. The results were astonishing with significant lowering of blood pressure by an average of 7.1/7.8 mmHg. Researchers have observed that the polyphenols present in green tea can help prevent and treat many health problems, including high blood pressure.
3. Black Tea:
Black tea is the largest consumed beverage in the world. The flavonoids present in tea have been shown to improve the blood vessel’s tone and reduce body weight and especially abdominal fat. Research shows that drinking black tea can help reduce blood pressure. Regular consumption of black tea may improve endothelial cells that are present in the inner lining of the blood vessels.
4. Olive Leaf Tea:
Olive leaf tea is mellow flavored and soft with many health benefits. It contains more antioxidants and vitamin C compared to green tea. A double-blind, controlled study in humans, have found that olive leaf tea has reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 11.5 points mmHg, and reduces diastolic blood pressure by 4.8 points mmHg within eight weeks. Drinking 1 cup daily can significantly reduce your high blood pressure.
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