Tea for Your: Hypertension

Most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) do not feel any symptoms or know they have hypertension until their blood pressure is measured.

Drink a cup of hibiscus tea to be on the safe side; recent studies have shown that, if used regularly, hibiscus tea has properties comparable with pharmaceutical drugs to significantly lower blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Although it is not known which part of the flower is directly responsible for the positive effect, it is known that hibiscus contains anthocyanins—these flavonoids have been shown to improve the functions of blood vessels and the strength of collagen, which gives structure to cells and tissues. Anthocyanins and other components of hibiscus tea also contain antioxidants, which cleanse the body of free radicals that have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and symptoms of aging. You can choose to make your own hibiscus blend, or buy one of these suggestions below.

TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS ORGANIC HIBISCUS

Why? This tart and tangy hibiscus blend works with lemongrass and blackberry leaf to support overall cardiovascular health. Traditional Medicinals organically cultivates its hibiscus by working with Fair Trade projects in Egypt.

CELESTIAL SEASONINGS RED ZINGER

Why? Made from the tart Chinese and the fruity Thai hibiscus, Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea combines the flower with peppermint and wild cherry bark to make a cool and refreshing natural remedy to combat high blood pressure.

TEA FORTÉ WILD BERRY HIBISCUS

Why? Naturally caffeine-free and certified USDA organic, Tea Forté mixes colorful berries and aromatic hibiscus flowers, rosehip, and sun-ripened citrus for the ultimate combo to lift your spirit and promote good cardiovascular health and overall well-being.