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Hibiscus Tea Provides Amazing Blood Pressure Control

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Q. Since I started drinking hibiscus tea I have seen my blood pressure drop. It used to run around 132/80, but now it's about 102/70. I'm delighted!

I found the following recipe to be a good replacement for an evening glass of wine. I take strong hibiscus tea and add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tart cherry extract and a little stevia or honey to taste. It makes a deep red sweet/tart/tangy elixir that's delicious hot or cold, and every single ingredient has fabulous health benefits. It's the best nightcap possible. The tart cherry extract contains melatonin, so it's great for getting to sleep.

A. Science supports your observation. One six-week study found that three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure significantly, without unpleasant side effects (Journal of Nutrition, Feb., 2010). We agree that hibiscus tea is delicious, though we usually drink it without the extras.

Hibiscus compounds act very much like blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors. Studies show the tea is nearly as effective as drugs like captopril and lisinopril (Fitoterapia, March, 2013).

Another reader reported a side effect: "I started drinking hibiscus tea before bed because I wanted to reduce the amount of medication I take for elevated blood pressure. I started coughing at night but had no symptoms of a cold or allergies. It took two nights for me to figure out that this could be the same ACE inhibitor cough so many people report with prescription pills."

We discuss many other non-drug options for controlling hypertension, from magnesium to chocolate, kefir or grape juice, in our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment

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This sounds very interesting. I'll look for some Hibiscus tea and give this a whirl.

My doctor wanted to put me on blood pressure medicine, but gave me the chance to look at my diet. I found that my morning coffee was raising my blood pressure to a high level. I even asked the nurse at the office if coffee affected my blood pressure. She said NO we have many people who drink coffee and it doesn't make any difference. After I eliminated my morning coffee, my blood pressure readings became significantly lower.

Since I don't like decaf coffee that was not an option for me. I really enjoyed my morning coffee with the little pick-me-up! (I never have drank pop or other caffeinated beverages.) I also did switch over to the pineapple version of hibiscus tea and had another pleasant side affect. It clears up my sinus problems that I have had for 20 years!

I have used Hibiscus Tea once in the morning. Since, I can't drink 3 times as I have BPH (over active bladder). However, I do use sugar beet daily twice, which control my BP.

Draw back of Hibiscus tea 1. It is expensive 2. It is not available every where. 3. The quality can be questionable/variable.

I have tried the Hibiscus tea but it causes "gas' to lodge in my back. This makes it very difficult for me to get out of bed because it hurts so badly.

Presently, I'm taking eggplant water. Not sure of the results yet.

does hibiscus tea have caffeine?

Sounds great with your results. How long have you been drinking this tea and what brand of tea are you buying?
thanks

Please have the person who wrote about the hibiscus tea provide her recipe of amounts of tea plus amounts of additives. Does she make this as individual servings or several servings at the time. Also, does she only drink one serving per day, that being in the evening?

I'd like to know the answers to the questions that have been posed by the other commenters here.

After ordering some organic hibiscus tea on line, I found out that the Celestial Seasons "Zinger" teas' primary ingredient is hibiscus. That will definitely be my future choices. Also, if traveling in Europe or have visitors coming, ask them to bring some Hagebutte Tee, which is rose hips and hibiscus as a hostess gift. I save it for fighting colds, because of the additional Vit. C. However it also has the hibiscus in it.

What is the pineapple version of Hibiscus Tea?

I have never been able to acquire a taste for tea and would love to find a nice tasting alternative for my blood pressure.

I keep my BP in check by walking two miles a day... 4 MPH or two 15 minute miles..

I have ordered a hibiscus supplement in pill form. Hope it has
the same effect.

I too would like the pineapple version of Hibiscus Tea along with the recipe for the Hibiscus Tea. Thanks,

To DK: No, hibiscus tea has NO caffeine; you can drink it to your heart's content. To T.D.: I really think the actual TEA is much better than the pill form; this is true for tea and everything else, too. The actual food (or tea) has synergistic antioxidants and other chemicals the pills just don't have. At least that's the opinion of most researchers and nutritionists.

To SHB: I'm pretty sure the person who wrote about the "evening replacement to a glass of wine" was ME! At least I wrote a comment containing the exact same words a few months ago. I am still drinking this "elixir" and it's fabulous. You can drink it anytime you want, as there's nothing but good stuff in there.. But it really does make a healthy and satisfying nightcap.

Every few days I brew up a big pot of hibiscus tea. I make the tea double-strong, store it in the fridge, and when I want some I add 1 part water to 1 part tea. This way you can store more tea in a smaller space. For a big teapot, I'll usually use 12-14 teabags. Besides teabags, you can find dried hibiscus flowers in most specialty healthfood stores in the bulk section. I'll throw in a small handful of those, too, if I have them. Many teas come as "hibiscus/cranberry," or "hibiscus/raspberry," etc. Those are fine, and you can also throw in any kind of dark-berry juice that you happen to have. Also tart-cherry extract! (~2 T to ~12 ounces of tea). You can make it any way you like, really, as long as it has a good amount of hibiscus in it. The hibiscus is so great because it has SO many antioxidants -- many more than green tea, I'm told. The apple cider vinegar and stevia (&/or honey) is what gives it that sweet and tangy taste that satisfies like an alcoholic drink but it has no alcohol! So it's all good. I'm drinking one now! Cheers, everyone.

I am interested in the hibiscus tea recipe - what are the amounts of ingredients to use?

I read the article over Thanksgiving and was more interested in the melatonin effect than the blood pressure benefits since I don't suffer from hypertension, but do suffer from insomnia. I brewed up my own concoction using the ingredients you listed but substituted pomegranate-dark cherry juice for the cherry extract, which I have not been unable to find. I found that if I drink this in the evening, hot or cold, it is very satisfying and I think it is helping me sleep (I'm tracking this).

Here's my recipe, which I make in my iced tea maker:
6 hibiscus tea bags (Republic of Tea)
1 and 1/2 quarts of water
Brew tea
Mix together:
1 cup Pomegranate-Dark Cherry juice (Smart Juice)
1/3 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
4 packets of Stevia

When the tea is finished brewing, I mix the juice mixture in with the tea and refrigerate for future use. To me, it tastes equally good hot or cold and I like the idea of pretending I'm having a nice glass of red wine!



What is the effect of the hibiscus tea on lisinopril and amlodipine? Could I continue to take the medications with hibiscus tea?

The Republic of Tea makes Hibiscus Tea in several flavors, including Pineapple Lychee. I enjoy it and their Blueberry flavor Hibiscus Tea with a squirt of honey and that's all. The tea is not bitter. I am the daughter of two Brits and have grown up drinking all tea with milk, but I truly enjoy these teas without it.

Are there any ill effects of drinking hibiscus tea while taking amyloid pine?

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