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Old 02-20-2009, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hibiscus tea

Just came across a blurb citing a recent (2008) study that drinking 3 cups of hibiscus tea a day lowered BP in pre-hypertensive and stage 1 hypertensive patients on average 7.2 mm systolic for the pre-hypertensive group, and 13.2 mm systolic/6.4 mm diastolic for the stage 1 hypertensive group. The study looked at 65 people over a 6 week period, with a control placebo group that showed a 1.3 mm systolic drop.

Not a large sample to be sure, but at least interesting, and one more thing to consider adding to one's regimen.

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Thanks for updating us. I think I told you before that I met a woman at my garage sale who uses Hibicus with much success. She had very high b/p apparently & a small stroke. Fam

 
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Re: Hibiscus tea

Found another study from 2004 showing an even larger drop in BP with hibiscus tea, nearly 20 mm. Found some of the dried flowers today and am definitely going to start taking it tomorrow...stuff tastes pretty good actually.

What fascinates me is that unlike most supplements that show a typical BP reduction of 4-6 mm, this stuff seems to really have a big double-digit mm effect. I can't quite figure out why, but seems worth investigating.

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Very good stuff, do you know how much we should drink & how long to wait for results?

 
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Very good stuff, do you know how much we should drink & how long to wait for results?
The best I could come up with was "three cups a day." Searching further, apparently you take a small handful of the dried flowers for every 2 cups of water, boil, then steep the stuff for 10 minutes before drinking.

Regarding time before results, as with so many treatments, it appears to be awhile...6 weeks is the figure that keeps coming up.

My sense is you can buy the flowers at a health food store, or more commonly and much cheaper at a Hispanic grocery store, usually labeled "flor de jamaica."

If anyone tries this I'd be real curious what your results are.

 
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The more I look, the more I find. I found studies ranging from 15 days to 6 weeks, so it seems about one month is the average.

A study had its results published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, showing an average reduction in BP from 134.8 mm down to 112.7 mm systolic.

Another study showed the effectiveness was 79% in patients who tried it.

Again, the obvious caveat: these were all studies that involved between 75-100 people.

Still cannot find anything about what substances in the flower affects BP, and more importantly WHY it affects it.

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Old 02-22-2009, 12:16 PM   #7
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Greetings,

I am going to give this a try. I can't find out if there are any brand name teas that contain only hibiscus. Any thoughts? Lemon Zinger was the closest I could find. I wonder if the stuff could be iced and kept on hand for a beverage, or does something get released by having it hot?

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I would say to be on the safe side, e.g. maximize effect, try and get the raw materials...the dried flowers. I've seen ads online for the tea and the flowers. Here in Texas they are easy to find because of the Latino communities, but health food stores should have them too.

I am beginning to suspect the main effect may be a diuretic one...

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Old 02-22-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
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Hi Tamu,

I will look at the local granola eater stores. :-) They usually have bulk teas. What properties in the tea have a diuretic effect?

Regards, Brenden.

 
Old 02-23-2009, 10:32 AM   #10
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Yea, I read it worked as a diuretic too. I might pick up the NOW (brand) teabags next time I'm supplement shopping.

 
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Having read additional info from the medical studies, there appear to be compounds in the tea that act as a natural ACE inhibitor in addition to the tea's diuretic properties.

One other note: studies showed BP rose within 3 days after the tea was discontinued, so one can consider this another "treatment" rather then a "cure."

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:08 AM   #12
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That's awesome, I already take Celery Seed Extract (150-200mg a day) & Dandelion root extract (100mg a day) as well.

 
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