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Hibiscus tea a help

A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension has shown that drinking hibiscus tea can reduce high blood pressure in those with type 2 diabetes.

Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is made from an infusion of part of the hibiscus flower. It is a herbal tea that is drunk hot and cold. It is also referred to as roselle or sour tea and is especially popular in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

The hibiscus tea study

Researchers studied a small group of 60 people with non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes. They were randomly asked to drink either hibiscus tea or black tea twice a day for a month. Blood pressure levels were measured throughout the 30 day trial.

There was a significant reduction in blood pressure in the group drinking hibiscus tea,while those drinking black tea had an increase in blood pressure.

  • Average systolic blood pressure for those drinking hibiscus tea decreased from 134.8mmHg at the beginning to 112.7mmHg at the end of the study.

  • Average systolic blood pressure for those drinking black tea increased from 118.6mmHg to 127.3mmHg during the study.

The researchers conclusion

The researchers wrote, “As a conclusion, consuming hibiscus (ST) infusion two times a day has positive effects on blood pressure in type II diabetic patients. This study supports the results of similar studies in which anti hypertensive effects have been shown for hibiscus (ST).”

Video: Hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure

Diane MacKay PhD from Tufts University in Boston discusses a seperate trial she conducted using hibiscus tea to lower blood pressure levels. Interesting results!

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One Response to “Hibiscus tea is a help for hypertension”

  1. Alton Libre says:

    One of the sites I found has lots of great information on herbal teas and was really insightful. Being that its so hard to find information I thought this would help

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