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Drinking black tea good for high blood pressure

Written By Betty van der Mark on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 9:33 AM

Flavonoids in tea are thought to improve the blood vessels' tone and reduce body weight and abdominal fat. A Dutch population study also found that high tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease. Researchers in Australia observed the effects of black tea among 95 men and women, both groups were similar in age and weight status. The researchers found that drinking black tea long-term was shown to lower blood pressure in people with normal to high levels. For 6 months, half the participants drank three cups of black tea per day, while the other half were given a placebo drink that simulated the flavor and caffeine content of tea.

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By the end of the study, those who drank black tea experienced an average reduction of between two to three points in their 24-hour average systolic blood pressure levels. Earlier Green tea was also shown to have similar effects on the same cells in a study out of Greece. Source: NYDailyNews