Hibiscus Tea Helps Lower Blood Pressure, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipIf you’re looking for an herbal alternative to lower blood pressure, drinking hibiscus tea just might do the trick.

According to WebMD Health News, drinking three cups of herbal tea containing hibiscus daily was shown to lower blood pressure in a recent study. The six-week study included 65 men and women with modestly elevated blood pressure.

Overall, drinking hibiscus tea blends lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 7 points. While a 7-point drop may not seem drastic, Diane L. McKay, Ph.D., of Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, said small changes in blood pressure maintained over time helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Past American Hospital Association President Robert H. Eckel, M.D., said more study is needed to determine whether the effect of herbal tea in lowering blood pressure can be sustained over time, the report stated.

Additional research has proved a diet rich in pinto beans, chickpeas and other legumes can also help lower cholesterol levels.

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