Many of us cannot imagine a day without a cup of tea. At the same time, few people think about its impact on our well-being and health. Meanwhile, this drink has an incredible energy strength and the ability to not only stimulate, but also "slow down" the nervous system. It is very important to know about the properties of different types of tea to hypotensive and hypertensive.
What tea lowers blood pressure and is it worth taking it for hypertension? The answer to this question is ambiguous. There is an erroneous stereotype that black tea always increases blood pressure, and green tea, on the contrary, lowers it. In fact, everything is different. The decisive factor is not even the color of the tea, but the quality of the raw material itself, as well as the method and duration of its brewing. The same tea leaves with different methods and cooking temperatures can have opposite effects.
Black or green?
Immediately, we note that at high pressure, the most important thing is to choose not a type of tea, but a quality product. In this case, in case of any problems of the cardiovascular system, it is better to drink a less strong drink than usual. And black (in Chinese terminology - red), and green teas with moderate use (2-3 cups per day) contribute to the normalization of blood pressure. In order to learn how to use this wonderful property of a hot drink, you need:
- find a reliable supplier and choose a quality product (forget about the sachets: these are tea production wastes);
- learn how to brew it.
Consider the most popular types of tea and their effect on the tonometer.
Green tea and pressure
So does green tea increase or decrease pressure? Hot or cold drink with a weak brewing contributes to the overall toning of the body and a beneficial effect on blood vessels and blood circulation. Its effect on pressure depends on the frequency of tea consumption, the amount of tea leaves used.
If the drink is weak, then it does not have a big effect on pressure. If the tea is brewed quite tightly, then at first it increases the blood pressure, after which it quickly returns to normal. Thus, green tea can be drunk and hypotensive, and hypertensive. The cooled beverage has a milder effect, but the hot one tones well. The degree of influence on blood pressure does not depend on the temperature of the tea (but depends on the temperature of the water during brewing).
It is a mistaken belief that green tea contains little caffeine. It differs from black in that it does not provide for long-term processing and roasting of leaves. Thus, it retains even more active substances, including caffeine. Therefore, it is better to brew it with water of lower temperature (90 degrees).
Black tea and pressure
Many drink amateur hypertenders are concerned with the question of whether black tea increases or decreases the pressure. A big mistake is to assume that at high pressure it is contraindicated due to the large amount of caffeine. In fact, black tea contains less caffeine than green (contrary to the prevailing stereotype). Therefore, its invigorating effect and the possible sudden increase in pressure are associated with other substances in the composition.
It has more tannins (binders), theaflavins and thearubigins. These are substances that are formed as a result of its fermentation. It is they who, with a large amount of raw materials and long brewing, stand out from the leaves, causing heart palpitations and in some cases an increase in blood pressure. The effect is similar to the effect of coffee: first a lot of energy, then its sharp decline. To reduce the pressure (more precisely, to maintain it within normal limits), you can drink black tea, but only slightly brewed.
Puer, Oolong, and Herbs
What other tea lowers blood pressure? Puer and Oolong - Chinese drinks with "magic" properties. The tea leaves used in their production process grow in different provinces of China. Pu-erh is an excellent medicine for hypertensive and hypotensive. Only one mug gives incredible vigor (so it is better not to drink it at night). In this case, the tonic effect is not accompanied by an increased heartbeat. The influence of this drink has a soft, delicate, which allows you to drink it with cardiovascular diseases. With regular use, Pu-erh normalizes blood pressure, makes blood vessels elastic, reduces cholesterol. You can drink it in any quantity, but not on an empty stomach.
Oolong tea is a neutral Chinese tea with floral aromas that does not affect blood pressure. You can drink it in any quantity.
What other tea lowers blood pressure? Above were considered drinks made from tea leaves. Reduce blood pressure in hypertension can and herbal, consisting of one or more components:
- Hibiscus tea is able to reduce the numbers on the tonometer. It can be drunk both cold and hot - it does not affect the properties of the drink. In addition, it is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins, strengthens the walls of blood vessels;
- hawthorn tea, which at low pressure does not affect blood pressure, and with hypertension can lower it. A brewed plant (both leaves and fruits) helps to treat all diseases of the cardiovascular system, including those associated with pressure;
- tea from dried pomegranate peel (brewed with boiling water and wrapped at night) is an excellent recipe for reducing high blood pressure;
- decoction of dandelions (dried heads are taken for it) favorably affects hypertensive patients, with regular use normalizing blood pressure.
The action of correctly brewed leaves is directed not in one direction - to increase or decrease in blood pressure, but towards its normalization. Classic and herbal tea - this is an excellent beverage that has a beneficial effect on the body, including blood pressure. You can drink any one you like (puer, oolong, green or black, grassy), the main thing is not to overdo it with its quantity and follow the rules of brewing.