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Hibiscus for High Blood Pressure

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Hibiscus has long been known for its antibacterial, antioxidant and antihypertensive properties
  • New research builds on hibiscus’ proven benefits, with high blood pressure specifically targeted as a health condition for which hibiscus may be helpful
  • Known as “sour tea,” hibiscus-based tea has been shown to be more effective than a common medication in treating high blood pressure
  • Drinking hibiscus tea twice a day, along with lifestyle changes, may help lower blood pressure
  • You may drink hibiscus tea hot or cold; hibiscus has also been made into fermented, edible products, wine and even ice cream

The news about the effects of hibiscus on high blood pressure continues to grow, offering promise to those looking for natural ways to control this common condition. I’ve written previously about the positive ways this plant can help your heart and overall health; now new research suggests that its effectiveness may be even greater than what’s been reported.

I’ll explain the history, discuss the uses of the colorful flower and share tips on how to incorporate it into your overall diet so you can enjoy both its flavor and benefits.

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