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Hibiscus For Blood Pressure, & Diabetes

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Over the last five years or so, hibiscus has gained status in the herb world as an effective way to control blood pressure. New studies confirm that application-and support a new one: It's ability to lower cholesterol.
For the blood pressure study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Tufts University researchers gave either a placebo or hibiscus tea (three cups a day) to 65 people with borderline or mildly high blood pressure. After six weeks, the herb reduced blood pressure significantly, and the higher the blood pressure at the start of the study, the greater the reduction with hibiscus. The herb is not a substitute for prescribed medication, but it can be used in addition or as a daily part of one's regular blood pressure control program.
In the cholesterol trial, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Iranian scientists gave 53 type 2 diabetics either black tea or hibiscus tea (two cups a day). After one month, the hibiscus group showed lower total cholesterol with higher HDLs (good cholesterol). (Cholesterol control is particularly important for people with diabetes; the condition substantially raises risk of heart disease.)

Source: The Herb Quarterly Summer 2010


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