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Naturally Reduce your Blood Pressure with Green Tea
Hypertension or high blood pressure can cause a number of complications in the human body. If you have been diagnosed with it, as I have been, you know it is very important to do whatever you can to get it under control as soon as possible. High blood pressure can make you feel absolutely miserable. I, personally, had bad headaches and problems with my vision due to my high blood pressure.
There are many medications on the market that have the ability to control blood pressure and if you are like me, you probably have to take medications in order to control it, but there are also natural remedies that will assist in lowering blood pressure as well. One of those is green tea. I also opted to drinking green tea in addition to my medication. Recently, I was able to lower my dose of blood pressure medication. I can't say for sure that it was the green tea, but it may have been.
The Chinese performed an exercise in 2004 where they had studied tea drinkers who had hypertension. They each reported drinking a half cup of green tea per day and ended up cutting their blood pressure by almost 50%. That is amazing! There is a component in green tea called a flavonoid that may be responsible for these results. Flavonoids are a group of water soluble plant pigments that provide health benefits through antioxidant effects.
One Possible Problem
As with any natural remedy, there may be slight problems. Not everyone will be able to take every anecdote. The problem is that green tea, like many other teas, contains caffeine. Some people are more sensitive to its effects than others, meaning that some people tend to develop heart palpitations as well as other conditions from it. Since caffeine has the ability to raise blood pressure as well, this could cause a major problem for some people. The good news is that this elevation in blood pressure is temporary as long as the intake is limited. So, it stands to reason if a person drinks too many caffeinated beverages regularly, they may have higher blood pressure readings than others; unless they are one of those persons who has developed a tolerance to caffeine.
One Possible Solution
Even if you are one of those people who are overly sensitive to caffeine, there is one possible solution that you could try. There are green tea supplements in the form of pills or powder that can be bought at most nutrition stores or health food stores. A lot of these supplements have had the caffeine removed and are perfectly safe to consume. As always though, before beginning this sort of treatment you may want to consult with your doctor prior to trying this type of treatment.