We’ve all been there. Your doctor takes your blood pressure. And as the cuff releases, you can see him making THAT face.
You know the one I mean. And you know what’s coming next, too. So you brace yourself for it.
He tells you your blood pressure is too high. You need to do something about it. And then the lecture about starting on blood pressure meds (or increasing your dosage) begins.
But what if your doc were to make an entirely DIFFERENT face at your next visit? What if he smiles instead?
And then, he congratulates you. Because whatever you’re doing has worked. Your blood pressure is under control.
Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it can be YOUR reality as new research reveals one simple step you can take each day to help make it happen.
Surprising BP solution found in your favorite mug
When it comes down to it, blood pressure is just a number. And in many ways, it’s not even the most critical one.
But it is one way of looking at a VERY important issue inside your body. And that’s the overall health of your blood vessels.
Heart attack and stroke are the number one and number five killers in the country. Incredibly, they claim nearly 1,000 lives every HOUR. And much of that risk is tied up in the health of our blood vessels.
When your arteries are smooth, clear, and flexible, the blood can get to where it needs to go. It’s able to deliver essential oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.
But when those vessels are rigid and clogged, the blood struggles to flow. Your blood pressure climbs. And in some cases, your blood can be blocked.
But now, a new study reveals how a common morning brew can help gently ensure your blood vessels stay open and flexible. Because researchers now confirm both green and black tea have a hidden superpower.
And it almost sounds like a weapon dreamed up by a sci-fi writer: ion channel proteins.
2 tea compounds help CUT blood pressure
The new study zeros in on two key blood pressure friendly compounds inside tea:
- Epicatechin gallate
These potent natural compounds are found in abundance in green tea. (To find out why some experts have nicknamed green tea “telomere tea,” click here.) And they can activate an ion channel protein called KCNQ5, which is inside the smooth muscle walls of your blood vessels.
In turn, that helps the blood vessels relax so your blood, and everything it’s carrying can rush right through smoothly and easily. And your blood pressure stays low.
The study identified two potential pitfalls. Except it turns out your clever body has built-in solutions to help you clear both hurdles.
- Milk: Many people put milk in their tea, but the study finds dairy could block the KCNQ5. Bad news? Well, it certainly could have been. But lucky for us dairy fans, it isn’t. The scientists say your gut can sort one thing from another to ensure the right compounds go to the right places and that the dairy doesn’t derail the process.
- Heat: The benefits kicked in when the tea reached 98.6 degrees. This might sound like bad news for people who prefer iced tea. But again, not really. Because your body just so happens to be a cozy 98.6 already, which will warm up the compounds to make sure they work.
That helps explain why studies consistently show that people who drink tea daily tend to have lower blood pressure. In fact, it’s often at least 2-3 points lower on average than what you’ll find in non-tea drinkers.
Mixing a regular green tea habit with other natural therapies… such as supplements with heart-friendly minerals and a daily walk… may turn out to be exactly what the doctor ordered. The combo not only could help protect your blood vessels but also bring your blood pressure down to those smile-inducing levels you’ve been dreaming about.
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