Drinking a tea made from hibiscus flowers may help lower blood pressure, adding another tool to the chest of natural treatments for this common and serious condition.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A blood pressure reading of more than 140/90 is considered high, while pre-hypertension ranges from 120/80 through 139/89. Systolic blood pressure—the number on top—is considered the most accurate for diagnosing hypertension.
Plant power protects heart health
Polyphenols are plant compounds well known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and which have been associated with cholesterol- and blood pressure lowering effects in preliminary studies. Investigators from Tufts University aimed to determine if hibiscus tea might lower blood pressure in people with pre- or mild hypertension.
Sixty-five people between ages 30 and 70 took part in the study, which was published in the Journal of Nutrition. They were given either…
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