In theory it ought to as both black and green tea are made from the leaves of the same plant. So far, all the noise has been about the benefits of drinking green tea. It now appears that black tea has not received the good press it deserves for the beneficial effects it can have on our condition.
Recent research has shown that drinking three or more cups of black tea a day has positive health benefits for us. Drinking black tea helps us in two ways:
- It reduces our hypertension; and
- minimises the variability of readings taken at night.
The benefits of tea
The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content. These are antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardio-vascular disease.
It has long been known that hypertension can significantly increase the risk of heart disease. Now, wide variations in blood pressure are also recognised as an important risk factor compared with readings that show little difference over a 24-hour period.
What are the key findings of this research?
- There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health and the research has demonstrated a link between tea and reducing a major risk factor for heart disease.
- This is the first time that the consumption of black tea has been shown to lower rates of blood pressure variation at night time.
That is good news indeed for tea drinkers. After water, tea is the most popular drink in the World.
A high blood pressure reading is one that exceeds 140/90 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg).
The first figure, the systolic pressure, corresponds to the “surge” that occurs with each heartbeat.
In the study 111 men and women consumed three cups of black tea daily or a flavonoid free, caffeine containing beverage for six months. They had systolic blood pressure between 115 and 150 mm Hg.
The rate of blood pressure variation was assessed at three time points, on day one and after three and six months.
At these three time points, black tea consumption resulted in 10 per cent lower rates of hypertension variability at night time than the flavonoid free drink.
These effects were seen immediately on the first day of tea drinking and maintained over the six months.
Although black tea was drunk in the study, other research suggests adding milk does not affect the benefits.
Drinking tea, either green or black, is a convenient, refreshing way to help lower your high blood pressure. What this study demonstrates is that drinking black tea helps reduce the variability of our hypertension at night time. What better reason is there than that for a bedtime cup of Rosy Lea?
You can get more information about a variety of dietary approaches to reducing your hypertension naturally by clicking here.