13 Healthy Teas That May Reduce High Blood Pressure

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13 Healthy Teas That May Reduce High Blood Pressure

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Herbal Teas That May Reduce High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often referred as the “silent killer”. Close to one-third of American adults have hypertension or high blood pressure. It

is caused due to a number of factors such as stress, smoking, lack of physical activity and exercise, genetics and unhealthy eating habits.

It is important to get your blood pressure monitored on a regular basis, as hypertension can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, vision loss, heart failure and metabolic syndrome.

Herbal tea is believed to lower blood pressure. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, taking herbal tea for an extended period of time prevents many of the symptoms related to high blood pressure.

 

Let’s have a quick look at some of the popular herbal teas that may reduce high blood pressure…

Green Tea

According to researchers, taking three or more cups of green tea daily reduced the risk of coronary heart disease due to blood pressure. Drinking green tea not only improves the cardiovascular health, it purifies the blood, relaxes the blood vessels and prevents blood clots.

If you like green tea, don’t add any sugar, milk or for that matter anything else to it. (You can add lemon juice, though.) Adding anything else to green tea takes away its natural effect. Green tea contains EGCG, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. EGCG is good for the heart, good for the brain, has known anti-cancer effects, and lowers blood pressure as well.

 

Tulsi Tea or Holy Basil Tea

Tulsi or Holy Basil is an herb that is widely grown in India and is a rich resource of phytochemicals, which possess powerful antioxidant properties. Tulsi enhances immunity, fights stress and boosts metabolism. It has several protective properties. It fights free radicals and promotes health. Taking tulsi helps maintain blood sugar levels at optimal levels, reduces cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Tulsi tea is not only tasty, it is known to lower blood pressure and prevent the symptoms associated with hypertension.

 

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is believed to lower high blood pressure. However, the science on this is unclear as of now. A lot of research is still being done to investigate the effectiveness of hibiscus tea at lowering the blood pressure. There is one clinical trial published in 2007 issue of “Planta Medica” which shows that hibiscus has anti-hypertensive effects. The Hibiscus plant is a flowering shrub rich in compounds called anthocyanins, which are extremely potent antioxidants. Hibiscus tea is believed to have anti-cancer properties and is known to reduce cholesterol as well.

 

Hawthorn Berry Tea

Hawthorne Berry is nothing but the common hedgerow shrub which has been used in Western medicine for several hundred years now. It is believed to lower blood pressure and even prevent congestive heart failure. While hawthorn berry tea is recommended to those suffering from hypertension, not much is known about the true extent of its effectiveness. There was a clinical trial published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” in 2002 which indicates that the hawthorn berry extract lowers blood pressure in patients with a milder form of hypertension.

 

Matcha Tea

Matcha tea is a powerful herbal tea prepared from stoneground tea leaves. It is rich in many vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Matcha tea is believed to be far more nutritious than green tea.

According to some researchers, a cup of matcha tea has the nutritional value of 10 cups of green tea. When you have matcha tea, you get to ingest the whole leaf and benefit from 100% of its nutrients. Matcha powdered green tea, some researchers claim, has 137 times more antioxidants than the regular green tea.

Matcha tea is a rich source of EGCG. It boosts metabolism, is good for weight loss, is a natural detoxifying agent, calms the mind, lowers cholesterol, brings down blood sugar levels and relaxes the body. And yes, it is believed to lower high blood pressure as well, but it is not clear by how much. This is something researchers are studying very closely.

 

Cinnamon Tea

Not only is cinnamon tea incredibly tasty, it is also known to bring down blood pressure down by a considerable extent. Diabetes patients who also have high blood pressure are recommended cinnamon tea. There is evidence to show that taking cinnamon tea not only helps control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, but also fights hypertension proactively. Breakfast is the best time to have cinnamon tea. You can have it in the late evening after a hard day at the office as well.

 

Cardamom Tea

Cardamom tea is very popular in India and is believed to lower blood pressure. Researchers have studied the effect of cardamom tea on high blood pressure extensively. In one study, participants were given cardamom tea daily for several months. The difference was visible in their blood pressure readings as most participants experienced at least a moderate drop in their blood pressure levels. Cardamom tea has a special flavor and is incredibly tasty, besides being nourishing.

 

French Lavender Tea

French lavender is an herb that is believed to lower high blood pressure. The herbal tea prepared from French lavender is famous for its distinct aroma. It has a pleasing flavor and has the power to calm nerves and lower hypertension.

 

Cat’s Claw Tea

Cat’s Claw Tea is one of the most popular herbal teas in China and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used in the treatment of certain neurological health problems and hypertension. It has a direct effect on the cells and is believed to lower blood pressure.

 

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is one of the most popular herbal teas. It improves blood circulation, calms the mind and relaxes the body. There is plenty of evidence to show that drinking ginger tea or a daily basis for a couple of months or more, controls the blood pressure. Ginger tea is very popular in Asia and is served in most restaurants and eateries there.

 

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric or “Indian saffron”, is an ancient root, commonly prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners in India for hypertension and high blood pressure. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments, including hypertension. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It improves the blood circulation and prevents the formation of blood clots.

 

Danshen Tea

Danshen is not really an herb or a plant. It is actually a dried root of Salvia miltiorrhiza. Danshen has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over a thousand years to treat a variety of ailments such as poor blood circulation, chest pain, stroke, heart disease, menstrual disorders, sleeping problems and chronic liver disease. It has also been used in Europe and in the U.S. for hundreds of years in the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Danshen tea is one of the sweetest herbal teas, with a great flavor and a special aroma. It is especially recommended to those with high blood pressure.

 

Olive Leaf Tea

Olive leaf is rich in phytochemicals such as oleuropein, which is believed to relax the blood vessels, prevent blood clots, balance blood sugar levels,  improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Olive leaf tea is popular in some parts of the world.

 

Wrap Up

High blood pressure can inflict great damage upon the body. It is important that you should get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis, even if you don’t have high blood pressure as of now. Taking two or three cups of herbal tea on a daily basis will keep your blood pressure under control and has several other health benefits as well. But taking herbal tea doesn’t mean that you should give up any of the medications prescribed for your high blood pressure as yet.

Role of natural herbs in the treatment of hypertension

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210006/

 

 

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