Can Green Tea Reduce High Blood Pressure?

Can green tea reduce high blood pressure which is a considerable health risk that is believed to affect one in three Americans? Besides damaging your blood vessels and vital organs, high blood pressure also significantly increases your chances of having a stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and many other serious health challenges.

A few days ago, I was working inside the house. It was in the high 90’s, hot and humid. When I looked out the window, there was a woman who obviously had an over-heated car and my husband was helping her. I was concerned about both of them getting dehydrated in the scorching sun, and took some water out for them.

I would guess this woman was in her late 40’s, although it’s hard to say. She did not appear to be in good health and was happy to come to the house to get out of the hot sun and cool down while my husband finished working on the car. My heart went out to her as she talked about her high blood pressure and a stroke she had a few months ago and the aftermath of what she must deal with now. This sad situation compelled me to write this today.

“According to the CDC, nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in
women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
Surprised? You’re not alone. Stroke is the third leading cause of death
for women, yet most women do not know their risk of having a stroke.” 

The CDC report also states that up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.

Fortunately, making healthier lifestyle choices can have a big impact on high blood pressure and strokes.  Let’s look a little deeper at the affect green tea has on high blood pressure and discussing exactly how effective it really is.
Can green tea reduce high blood pressure? The good news is that if you have blood pressure readings above the normal range, research has shown that drinking green tea can help lower your readings.

In a study published in Endocrine Abstracts, researchers asked the participants to drink four cups of green tea per day for 14 days while also maintaining their current diet. At the end of this study, their blood pressure reduced by an average of 7.1/7.8mmHg and the researchers concluded that green tea can lower blood pressure.

The polyphenols in green tea are the reason it’s so effective at lowering blood pressure. These are a group of powerful, plant based nutrients. They can be obtained from a variety of foods but green tea is by far the richest source.

The list below shows the key blood pressure lowering polyphenols in green tea and explains the role they play in keeping blood pressure at a healthy level.

Epigallocatechin Gallate lowers blood pressure in two ways. First, it keeps your arteries soft and supple which promotes good blood flow and keeps your blood pressure under control. It also reduces blood levels of LDL cholesterol which prevents blockages in your arteries and stops blood pressure building up.

Gallocatechol lowers blood levels of LDL cholesterol which stops the LDL cholesterol clogging up your arteries and keeps your blood pressure levels in the safe range.

Epicatechin relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow which helps your blood pressure.

Thearubigins prevent the buildup of LDL cholesterol in the blood, keep the arteries free from blockages and ensure that your blood pressure stays in the normal range.

Summary

Can green tea reduce high blood pressure? The good news is green tea is safe, natural, inexpensive and effective, when it comes to lowering your blood pressure. By combining organic green tea with exercise and a healthy, natural (preferably organic) diet, you could see some good results. and avoid the health problems associated with high blood pressure.

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Sources:

Al-Dujaili.E., Bradley.J.P.,Almoosawi.S.,Fyfe.L., (2009) Effects of green tea consumption on blood pressure, total cholesterol, body weight and fat in healthy volunteers: Endocrine Abstracts. 20: 470

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