We are aware of various health benefits of black tea. Now, heres what a recent study said.
Drinking a cup of black tea at least thrice a day, may help considerably in reducing your blood pressure.
This is according to a six-month study conducted by scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Unilever and National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, which suggests that regular consumption of black tea may help lower people’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
The study involved 95 participants from Australia aged 35 and 75, who were advised to drink either three cups of black tea daily, or a placebo with caffeine content, having the same flavour, but not derived from tea. The participants were followed-up after a period of six months. Those who drank black tea had a lower 24-hour systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the range 2 and 3mmHg.
High blood pressure could be a major factor for risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but, this is a major discovery. There has already been considerable evidence about tea being good for your heart health, but this discovery seems more important, as it is the evidence of link between the two, clarifies Jonathan Hodgson at UWA.
This development is further evidence to suggest that tea, with its natural ingredients, can help people remain healthier. Although the 2-3mm Hg seem to be a small change to an individual’s blood pressure, the point to be noted is the positive impact that it could have in reducing the risk of heart disease among general public, said Jane Rycroft, the Senior Nutrition and Health Manager at Unilever’s Research and Development Laboratories.
The research is now published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, and is the first-of-its-kind to show that black tea consumption, on long-term, can bring down blood pressure levels.