Natasha M Setiabakti
Natasha Setiabakti has completed her medical doctor from Universitas Indonesia (2017) and honours degree from Monash University (2015). She is now doing her social service intership in rural areas in Indonesia. She has interest in the cardiovascular system and has two papers in reputed journal in that topic. Apart from that she is also interested in social and charity work, she had attended more than 30 social works nationally.
Hypertension has been the leading risk factor to various cardiovascular diseases. Worldwide, more than one in six people suffer from hypertension. Theory had suggested that black tea, a very popular beverage around the globe, has a positive effect for cardiovascular protection and can reduce blood pressure. Thus, this report focuses on the effect of black tea consumption on blood pressure. Internet-based literature search was done through three electronic databases (Ovid Medline, PubMed, and EBSCOHost. Using the keyword “black tea” and “hypertension”, applying various filters and reviewing the abstract, 2 promising studies were used in this report. One meta-analysis by Liu, et al showed that long-term consumption of black tea significantly reduces the mean average of systolic and diastolic BP. Similar result was also reported by Grassi, et al that stated that intake of two glasses of black tea for eight consecutive days reduces the BP. Black tea had significantly reduces the BP and can be recommended to hypertensive patient. However, consumption of black tea cannot replace anti-hypertensive drug due to its small effect.