If you are prehypertensive or have mild high blood pressure a study has found that drinking hibiscus tea may help lower your blood pressure. A study followed 65 individuals aged 30-70 years-old with initial blood pressure readings of 120-150/<95. Individuals were split into two groups, with one group drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily. Those consuming the tea saw a 6.2 mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure (top number).
Hibiscus is a common ingredient in herbal teas, providing a fruity, tart taste and red color. Hibiscus is also a good source of anthocyanins, flavones, flavonols, and phenolic acids. This isn’t the first study to show a link between hibiscus tea and reduced blood pressure.
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Lisa Nelson RD
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