The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.
Tea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The results imply that black tea countered the negative effects of high-fat meal on the patients' arterial blood flow and blood pressure. For the study, the patients were asked to drink a cup of black tea for a meal with a ratio of .45 grams fat/lb of body weight. The results suggest that tea prevented a decrease in flow mediated dilation (FDM). FDM is the arterial capability to promote blood flow even after the body consumes a high-fat meal.
He stressed that drinking even small amounts of tea (one cup a day) could do a lot in maintaining normal blood pressure and good arterial function. Therefore, in a population scale, consumption of tea would significantly decrease cases of stroke and other cardio diseases.
Dr. Ferri has made a prior study wherein he also found that tea helped improve FDM. This recent venture has only supported previous results.