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:

  1. The systolic pressure (the higher number) which indicates the force at which your heart pumps blood around the body.
  2. 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.

How can decaffeinated 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.

IMPORTANT: This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Nothing in the content or products should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.

February 10, 2018 — Guy Wilmot


Anna said:

I’m so confused lol

PETER said:

I like regular and decaf coffee.
Its what you eat with coffee that makes a difference too.
A sausage and egg of a ham egg and cheese every morning doesn’t help.
All that cholesterol and salt from the deli
( not bad mouthing deli’s ) triggers a negative readout.
And what else does one eat during a day at work or late night snack.
Just enjoy your coffee and stay away from the junk.
I like my reg or decaf with a toasted english muffin , light on the canola butter.
Drink lots of water during the day.
All is good.

Franko Johnson said:

Absolute nonsense. Caffeine is not responsible for raising blood pressure, as proven by multiple clinical trials. Coffee is a complex brew and there are other ingredients that do raise blood pressure.

Dan said:

It’s not true it can make your blood pressure lower (according to this post). It just means it would not make it higher

Luigi said:

Of course decaf lowers blood pressure, because caffeine is what raises blood pressure. I thought it was of common knowledge; the same goes for decaf tea as opposed to regular tea.

Nancy Bobst said:

Can you explain how decaf coffee lowers blood pressure. Ty

Jerome Rosen said:

Very interested for the health benefits of decaffeinated coffee.

Dale said:

Thank you , was just reading your article today and didn’t know decaf coffee can help lower my high blood pressure good to know ,as I have been drinking regular coffee for years, but I will be switching today . Thank you

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