Hibiscus tea could lower your blood pressure

HIGH blood pressure symptoms can be difficult to spot, but in extreme cases, it can cause chest pain and severe headaches. You could lower your hypertension risk by drinking three cups of Hibiscus tea, a study claimed.

Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure could be lowered by drinking hibiscus tea, according to US scientists.

A group of 65 adults drank either three cups of hibiscus tea, or a drink with no therapeutic effect at all, everyday for six weeks.

Hypertension was reduced in those drinking hibiscus tea, it was revealed.

The effect was greatest in those with higher systolic blood pressure to begin with.

“Hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants, including phenols and anthocyanin, which might explain the effect,” said Berkeley, University of California.

Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe added: “There are a few foods that lower blood pressure to take notice of, particularly if you are at risk for hypertension.

“Hibiscus tea makes that list with glowing reviews.”

The tea could also help to support healthy cholesterol, and may even fight leukaemia.