Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to kidney damage, eye damage, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and several other serious health problems. Controlling high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems in later life. While some people need medication to control hypertension, many people can significantly reduce their blood pressure by making a few lifestyle changes.
Green tea contains catechins, powerful flavonoids that can lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels and help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Some studies have shown that compounds found in green tea can reduce the stickiness of blood, helping to prevent blood clots and arterial disease. Drinking one to three cups of green tea every day can also help to prevent kidney problems, a common cause of secondary hypertension.
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