After my heart attack my Son bought me loads of tea. That you must use he said its De caff. I have been drinking it since I dont like it but Oh Well.
So in the Daily mail today how pleased I was to read this;Yipee back to normal tea.Lots of tea..So why did I have a heart attack then I drink more than double that amount. I need to cups to wake up in the morning. One to go to bed with and I loose count of the inbetweens.
Perhaps Ive cracked it, just another myth,it didnt work for me. Perhaps I need more practice.
Tea, a tonic for high blood pressure: Three cups a day to help counteract cardiovascular disease
By Jenny Hope
Heart-warming: Drinking tea may stabilise your blood pressure
You might have thought you were simply satisfying a thirst in that most British of ways.
But drinking three cups of tea a day may also stabilise your blood pressure, researchers say.
It not only reduces blood pressure, but also minimises the variability of readings taken at night.
Experts say the benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content – antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardio-vascular disease.
Every day there are 350 preventable strokes or heart attacks in the UK due to high blood pressure.
It has long been known that high blood pressure can significantly increase the risk of heart disease.
Now wide variations in blood pressure are also recognised as an important risk factor compared with readings that show little difference over a 24-hour period.
Professor Jonathan Hodgson of the University of Western Australia said: ‘There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health, but this is an important discovery because it demonstrates a link between tea and a major risk factor for heart disease.
‘We have shown, for the first time to our knowledge, that the consumption of black tea can lower rates of blood pressure variation at night time.’
A survey last week found tea is still the nation’s favourite drink, with Britons consuming 166 million cups of tea every day.
A high blood pressure reading is one that exceeds 140/90 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg).
The first figure, the systolic pressure, corresponds to the ‘surge’ that occurs with each heartbeat.
In the latest study 111 men and women consumed three cups of black tea daily or a flavonoid free, caffeine containing beverage for six months.They had systolic blood pressure between 115 and 150 mm Hg.
The rate of blood pressure variation was assessed at three time points, on day one and at three and six months.
Great British drink: Tea contains flavonoids, a antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardiovascular
At these three time points, black tea consumption resulted in 10 per cent lower rates of blood pressure variability at night time than the flavonoid free drink.
These effects were seen immediately on the first day of tea drinking and maintained over the six months.
COFFEE HELPS BREAST CANCER
Drinking just two cups of coffee a day could stop breast cancer returning.
Scientists found it halved the rate of relapse in women treated with the widely-used drug tamoxifen compared with drinking one cup or none.
Over a five-year period researchers at Lund University in Sweden looked at 600 breast cancer patients.
Half of them took tamoxifen, a drug often prescribed after breast cancer surgery to reduce recurrence by blocking oestrogen receptors.
Researcher Maria Simonsson said: ‘Patients who took the pill, along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, compared with non-coffee drinking, tamoxifen-taking counterparts.’
The study team believe coffee boosts the effects of the drug.
As the caffeine content of the two beverages was the same, the improvement in blood pressure variability would appear to be the result of a black tea component other than caffeine, says a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
This is likely to be the flavonoid content, say the researchers, whose previous work found drinking three cups of tea daily led to a cut in blood pressure of between two and three mm HG.
Although black tea was drunk in the study, other research suggests adding milk does not affect the benefits.
Dr Tim Bond, from the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel, said ‘High blood pressure is a well-recognised risk factor for cardiovascular and total mortality. Traditionally the level of blood pressure has been equated with risk but the variability of blood pressure is now also thought to contribute to risk.
‘Black tea and its constituent flavonoids are increasingly associated with improvement in blood pressure and cardiovascular health. The regular consumption of black tea has been shown to lower blood pressure.
‘With its flavonoids, black tea packs a powerful punch with many health benefits particularly for the heart and recent studies show the flavonoids work their magic whether or not we choose to add milk. Drinking four or more cups of black tea each day is quite simply very good for us.’