Decaf coffee has been in the news again. This time, in The Express Newspaper last month, in which the paper details how decaffeinated coffee can lower high blood pressure naturally and help hypertension.
But, first of all what is high blood pressure and hypertension? And why is it important?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be monitored and measured in two ways:
- The systolic pressure (the higher number) which indicates the force at which your heart pumps blood around the body.
- The diastolic pressure (the lower number) which records the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels.
Generally speaking, high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms but can leave you at risk of heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and kidney disease. The condition is called hypertension.
So, how can decaf coffee help lower high blood pressure naturally and help hypertension?
Well, first of all, if you’re drinking decaf coffee, then you’re reducing your caffeine intake.
And that’s important because research carried out by Duke University Medical Center revealed that caffeine consumption of 500mg increased blood pressure by 4mmHg, and that effect lasted for many hours.
The thing is that caffeine can raise blood pressure by tightening blood vessels and by magnifying the effects of stress. In short, the heart reacts to caffeine by pumping more blood and boosting blood pressure.
It’s easy to say “stop drinking caffeinated drinks then”! But, in reality, it’s not as easy as that. Caffeine is everywhere and it’s a habitual part of our lives.
Part of the solution can be to switch to decaffeinated coffee and still enjoy freshly roasted coffee – without the caffeine, but all of the taste.