High blood pressure or hypertension is being growing day by day. It has now covered a huge section of the society whether it be children or adults. Although the case of hypertension in children is far different from what is there in adults. The symptoms of this disease is barely noticeable until it reaches a severe life threatening stage. But adopting a healthy lifestyle or maintaining a good diet can lessen the risk of high blood pressure.
If left untreated, it can lead to severe problem such as heart attacks and strokes. Research suggests that medication along with healthy diet and other lifestyle modification can help reduce high BP as well as lower the risk of health conditions associated with hypertension.
Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long-termmedical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. High blood pressure typically does not cause symptoms. Long-term high blood pressure, however, is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease, vision loss, chronic kidney disease, and dementia.
Here are the three beverages that will help you lessen the risk of hypertension.
1. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces (sepals) of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) flower. It is consumed both hot and cold. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar or honey is often added to sweeten it. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. In west Sudan, a white hibiscus flower is favoured for its bitter taste and is customarily served to guests. Hibiscus tea contains 15–30% organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour.
Packed with antioxidants and other essential nutrients, studies suggest that hibiscus tea may help systolic and diastolic blood pressure. One study found that people with high blood pressure who drank hibiscus tea had a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure than those who took placebo.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to many other countries in Asia. Several varieties of green tea exist, which differ substantially based on the variety of C. sinensis used, growing conditions, horticultural methods, production processing, and time of harvest. Although there has been considerable research on the possible health effects of consuming green tea regularly, there is little evidence that drinking green tea has any effects on health.
A study published in the Endocrine Abstracts showed that participants drinking four cups of green tea per day while maintaining their diet for 14 days reduce blood pressure for an average of 7.1/7.8mmHg.
3. Black Tea
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green, and white teas. Black tea is generally stronger in flavour than the less oxidized teas. All four types are made from leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinensis. Two principal varieties of the species are used – the small-leaved Chinese variety plant (C. sinensis var. sinensis), used for most other types of teas, and the large-leaved Assamese plant (C. sinensis var. assamica), which was traditionally mainly used for black tea, although in recent years some green and white teas have been produced.