Tea 'can lower blood pressure'

Drinking three cups of tea a day can significantly reduce blood pressure, according to a new health study.

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Scientists at the University of Western Australia and Unilever (who sell tea we believe) found that those who had three cuppas of black tea a day saw their systolic and diastolic blood pressure lower.

Unfortunately for most of us Brits, they didn't repeat the study with people who liked a bit of milk (and maybe a sugar) in their tea.

Tea, which is the second most popular drink in the world after water, has long been known to have healthy properties - and is high in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that can be stop cancer growing.

Lead researcher Professor Jonathan Hodgson 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."

The study was relatively small and saw 95 Australians aged between 35 and 75 either given three cups of black tea a day or three cups of a placebo that looked and tasted similar but was not derived from tea.

The researchers claim that the fall in blood pressure that resulted in the tea drinkers would equate to a 10 per cent drop in hypertension and heart disease if adopted by everyone.

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