Yesterday was International Tea Day!!
Did you know International Tea Day was a thing?? I didn’t! As I was sipping my morning coffee (yes I allow myself one cup a day), I scrolled through some of my favorite blogs. Let me introduce you to one of them: Tanooki Homemade Cafe has a lot of incredible recipes (many plant-based!) and is a light-hearted fun blog to read. I learned about International Tea Day in their most recent post, where Tanooki talked about Hojicha. It is a delicious Japanese roasted green tea.
It got me thinking. Is green tea good or bad for high blood pressure? How does green tea affect blood pressure?
As always, check with your doctor for medical advice before changing your usual diet.
According to the articles I read, as expected, green tea does temporarily increase your blood pressure immediately after drinking. That makes sense, it’s a stimulant (it has caffeine!). It will temporarily increase your heart rate and increase blood pressure, and also give you that extra zap of energy. Whether or not that’s safe for your particular blood pressure, I’d check with your doctor on that.
Interestingly though, in the long run, consistent drinking of green tea will apparently lower your average systolic blood pressure (the number on top) and cholesterol. Those benefits come with drinking about 5 cups of green tea daily. Any more than that, adverse events (not good side effects) were more common.
The thing is, as with most drinks and foods that have nutritional benefits, balance is really the key. I drink a cup of green tea in the afternoon when I need a little energy, but I avoid over-doing it by drinking too many cups. Healthy additions to your diet are part of a bigger picture of healthy choices. No one thing will be the solution, or should be!
⭐️ In summary: in the short term, green tea will raise blood pressure. In the long run, green tea will help lower your average or overall systolic blood pressure and cholesterol. ⭐️
I will return to discussing tea and how it affects blood pressure quite often! Look forward to our next discussion. In the meantime, I think I’ll switch my daily cup of coffee to some matcha green tea tomorrow morning!
What’s your favorite tea?
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