High blood pressure means the force of blood coursing through your arteries is consistently too high. When this happens, your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. Over time, this can hike your risk of having a heart attack.
Thirty eight eligible studies were identified, out of which we included 20 RCTs with over 1,500 participants.
“Meta-analysis showed that green tea consumption caused a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure and total and LDL cholesterol,” the researchers observed.
LDL cholesterol is also a precursor to cardiovascular problems.
“We also observed that the maximum effects of green tea occurred when the daily intake of epigalocatechin-3-gallate (the most abundant and bioactive compound in green tea extracts) was approximately 200 mg which equates to five to six cups of tea daily,” they concluded.
Eating a low-fat diet that includes lots of fibre, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and plenty of fruit and vegetables also helps lower blood pressure,” notes the NHS.
According to the health body, you should aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
“Regularly drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure over time,” it adds.
Staying within the recommended levels is the best way to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure:
Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.