As we all know, irregular blood pressure can cause many health problems, especially to your heart, so in order to prevent a heart disease, start drinking hibiscus tea.
It was discovered that the consumption of hibiscus tea is as effective as hypertenstion drugs when it comes to lowering your blood pressure. The best part is that hibiscus tea dosen’t have any side-effects such as impotence, fatal liver damage, lack of strenght, and many more.
Over the centuries now, hibiscus tea was used in the folk medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure, fever and liver diseases. The tea’s benefits were first confirmed in 1996, when researchers in Nigeria showed that hibiscus flowers reduced blood pressure in laboratory animals.
Anoter research conducted in Iran in 2008 showed the same benefit in people.
Yet another study published in 2010, discovered that anthocyanins and other antioxidants present in hibiscus tea worked together to protect blood vessels from damage and becoming narrow.
In order to get the full benefits of this tea, it is recommended to drink 3 cups on a daily basis.
How Does Hibiscus Lower Blood Pressure?
Due to its diuretic properties, hibiscus tea has the ability to open the arteries, it acts as a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which means it slows the release of hormones that constrict blood vessels.
Hibiscus tea has the same effect as the prescription combo of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide, but to a milder degree and without side effects.
Beside lowering blood pressure, this tea boost immune function and provides valuable antioxidants.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious and refreshing hibiscus tea.
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- juice of 1 orange
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 tbsp dried or 4-5 tbsp fresh hibiscus flowers
- Boil the water.
- Add hibiscus and the cinnamon sticks.
- Let it steep for 15-20 minutes (a minimum of 6-10 minutes is required for the tea to be effective)
- Add the honey.
Hibiscus tea is very good when it comes to reducing blood pressure, but, on the other hand, it is also highly acidic, hence the reason why it’s so sour.
Make sure to swish your mouth with water when drinking any kind of tea (citrus, herbal, dark, green), in order to remove the acid from your teeth.
Even more effective method is to use coconut oil instead of just plain water.
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