Teas for blood pressure

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Heart disease is the #1 killer in the world today, so it should come as no surprise that researchers are always on the lookout for heart-healthy food and drinks. The good news is that there are many teas that can help to lower your blood pressure, and we've got a list of them here:

Oolong

Both Chinese and Japanese oolong tea is excellent for your health, but it's the Chinese oolong that is better for your heart. A study conducted on over 1,500 test subjects discovered that up to 2 ½ cups of oolong tea per day is enough to reduce your risk of high blood pressure by as much as 46%. That's a lot of benefits from just a few cups of tea every day.

Green Tea

Green tea contains more of the antioxidants that make oolong tea so effective, so it too will benefit the human heart by reducing hypertension. You'll find that just 2 cups per day is enough to reduce your hypertension risk by the same 46%.

Black Tea

The British certainly have it right with their daily tea times, as a few cups of black tea can do wonders for your heart. A recent study showed that drinking black tea can help to reduce your blood pressure at night by 10%, and can help to limit fluctuations of your blood pressure all day long. An Australian study showed that drinking black tea is able to lower your blood pressure by up to 3 mmHg over the course of 24 hours.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea has long been used as a flavor in your herbal teas, but it's also useful for lowering your systolic blood pressure. It can reduce it by as much as 7 points - a pretty good reduction in your blood pressure. Even that small change can drastically reduce your risk of health problems like heart attacks and strokes.

Pu-erh

The Chinese fermented Pu-Erh tea is a hugely popular one in the Western world, and those drinking it will find that it's great for their heart. Studies as far back as 2009 have shown that Pu-Erh tea and its high levels of antioxidants can not only lower blood pressure, but also prevent cholesterol buildup and increase the production of good cholesterol.

Drink a few more cups of tea every day and your heart will thank you!

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Andy Peloquin