Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure, according to Natural Health Sherpa. The leading natural health website reviewed several studies on hibiscus and its effects on hypertension and found that there’s enough evidence to show that hibiscus is indeed effective in treating hypertension.
A study published in the Phytomedicine compared the effects of 16 ounces of hibiscus tea every morning and 25 mg of hypertension captropil twice a day. The results show that “the tea worked just as well as the medication” according to Natural Health Sherpa.
Another study tested the effects of 250 mg of total anthocyanins (the active component of hibiscus) and 10 mg hypertension medicine lisinopril daily for 4 weeks. The study showed that “those receiving the hibiscus had a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure as compared to the medication group.”
“Plus, participants who took hibiscus saw their sodium levels decrease, but not their potassium. This is critical, as too much sodium can elevate blood pressure levels, while potassium is needed to keep blood pressure levels in check. Some high blood pressure medications can lower potassium to dangerous levels. And the hibiscus extract was found to be 100% safe and well tolerated,” explains Natural Health Sherpa.
However, hibiscus tea “only works to lower your blood pressure so long as you continue to drink it,” warns’ Natural Health Sherpa. “To permanently lower your blood pressure, you need to make fundamental changes to your lifestyle, including eating nutrient-dense, whole foods, engaging in moderate daily exercise, and, of course, learning to relax!”
Natural Health Sherpa provides in-depth, science-based, independent reviews of natural health therapies and remedies that have been proven to be both safe and effective and are backed by good science -- multiple double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized studies. Unfortunately, there are many charlatans making bogus, unfounded claims in the natural health area, so our goal is to separate fact from fiction to pinpoint what actually works.