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Healthy Blood Pressure with Tea!
Some people and many uninformed physicians still wrongly think that caffeine intake somehow increases blood pressure. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled that habitual consumption of caffeine-containing foods and beverages is unrelated to blood pressure.7 The final word should have been had by the scientists who reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association that when they studied 155,594 adult women in the United States, there was no connection between caffeine consumption and blood pressure.8 There is no reason to fear that tea will affect this parameter of health.
Quite to the contrary – as demonstrated by a study from China.9 Scientists found that the regular daily consumption of even only one cup of tea enhanced the ability to maintain blood pressure levels that are normal by 80%. The results of another study support this rather astonishing finding.10 Tea consumption benefits the arteries and contributes to healthy blood pressure maintenance.
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Tea Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy
7. Food and Drug Administration. Department of Health and Human Services. Final Rule Declaring Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids Adulterated Because They Present an Unreasonable Risk; Final Rule. Fed Reg 2004;69:6787-6854.
8. Winkelmayer WC, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Curhan GC. Habitual caffeine intake and the risk of hypertension in women. JAMA 2005;294:2330-2335.
9. Yang YC, Lu FH, Wu JS, Wu CH, Chang CJ. The protective effect of habitual tea consumption on hypertension. Arch Intern Med 2004;164:1534-1540.
10. Hodgson JM, Devine A, Puddey IB, Chan SY, Beilin LJ, Prince RL. Tea intake is inversely related to blood pressure in older women. J Nutr 2003;133:2883-2886.