hibiscus lowers blood pressure

A red rose has always been the flower of the heart and the gift you give on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps it’s time for the rose to move over, and let another flower take its place.

It is estimated that an almost unbelievable 31% of adults around the world have high blood pressure. More unbelievable still is that that number swells up to 45.6% in the US. Almost half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure! A third of all American adults are on high blood pressure drugs.

Several studies have proven the power of the beautiful hibiscus flower. Hibiscus treats high blood pressure more powerfully than the drugs captopril and hydrochlorothiazide.

In a new study, 46 people with mild high blood pressure were given either 2 cups a day of hibiscus tea along with nonmedical advice; the control group got only the nonmedical advice. The nonmedical advice included weight loss, a healthy DASH diet, less salt and more potassium and exercise. All of this advice helped. But when they added hibiscus, it helped even more.

In the control group, systolic blood pressure (SBP) went down significantly in both groups. But it went down significantly more in the hibiscus group. SPD dropped by 1.91 mmHg but by 7.43 mmHg in the hibiscus group. Diastolic blood pressure also went down significantly in both groups, but, again, there was no contest: it went down significantly more in the hibiscus group. In the control group, DBP dropped by 3.96 mmHg, but in the hibiscus group, it dropped by 6.70 mmHg.

When added to a meta-analysis of 5 studies that confirmed hibiscus’ power, the evidence for this powerful flower continues to mount.

Perhaps it’s time for the red rose to move over!

J Adv Pharm Technol Res 2019;10(3):107-111

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