Heavy tea drinkers have lowest blood pressure in French study

TeaCouldBeASupplementIn what will no doubt prove to be controversial research, a 10-year study by French scientists showed that tea and coffee drinkers generally had lower blood pressure than those who drank little or none of the popular drinks.

In the study, heavy tea drinkers had the lowest blood pressure and pulse pressure when compared to coffee drinkers, light tea drinkers and those who abstained completely.

Heavy coffee drinkers were found to have slightly higher blood pressure than normal but ­non-drinkers had the highest readings of all.

Report author Bruno Pannier, from the Preventive and Clinical Investigations Centre in Paris, said it was possible that the flavonoids in tea had a relaxing effect on blood vessels.

According to Pannier: “The vasorelaxing compounds included in these beverages might be involved in these results, something that has been suggested by the experimental data.”

The study, presented to the European Society of Hypertension in Milan, made no distinction between black, herbal and green teas.

Read details in the UK Express here.