Lower Pressure Tea

Ingredients: each tea bag (2000 mg) contains

Green Tea       600 mg

Hibiscus          600 mg

Hawthorn       500 mg

Ginger             300 mg

There is nothing more relaxing than stopping for a nice cup of tea. Now, studies have shown that the blend of ingredients in this tea may reduce blood pressure if consumed on a regular basis. This tea is not meant to replace any pharmaceutical drugs you might be taking, but to ease your blood pressure into a more manageable range.

Drinking 2 – 6 cups of this tea daily fits into the range of use that other people have found helpful to reduce their blood pressure.

Consumption of green tea on a daily basis for one year has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. Clinical studies have indicated that drinking hibiscus tea on a daily basis can lower blood pressure in both pre-hypertension and mild high blood pressure cases. Ginger has been used widely in both China and North America to help prevent and lower mild high blood pressure. Not only has Hawthorn been shown to protect and strengthen the heart, it stands out in clinical studies for its ability to prevent and lower mild high blood pressure.

More detail:

Green Tea: In Chinese studies, people drinking 120-599 mL of green tea daily have a lower risk of high blood pressure by 46% compared with non-habitual tea drinkers. Drinking more than 600 mL per day is associated with a 65% reduced risk.1,2

Hibiscus: Clinical research shows that daily consumption of hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure in adults with pre-hypertension or mild hypertension.  Consuming 240 ml, 3 times daily, significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by a mean of 7.2 mmHg after 6 weeks of treatment.3,4,6,7

Hawthorn In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, Hawthorn was shown to lower the resting diastolic blood pressure in participants, while reducing anxiety.8,9

Ginger: Ginger has been used in many cultures, as well as clinical studies, to lower high blood pressure.10,11,13

References

  1. Yang YC, Lu FH, Wu JS, et al. The protective effect of habitual tea consumption on hypertension. Arch Intern Med 2004 26;164:1534-4
  2. Kurita I, Maeda-Yamamoto M, Tachibana H, Kamei M; Antihypertensive effect of Benifuuki tea containing O-methylated EGCG; J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Feb 10;58(3):1903-8.
  3. McKay DL, Chen CY, Saltzman E, Blumberg JB. Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. tea (tisane) lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. J Nutr 2010;140:298-303
  4. Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Jalali-Khanabadi BA, Afkhami-Ardekani M, Fatehi F, Noori-Shadkam M; The effects of sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on hypertension in patients with type II diabetes; J Hum Hypertens. 2009 Jan;23(1):48-54. Epub 2008 Aug 7
  5. Mojiminiyi FB, Dikko M, Muhammad BY, Ojobor PD, et al; Antihypertensive effect of an aqueous extract of the calyx of Hibiscus sabdariffa; Fitoterapia. 2007 Jun;78(4):292-7. Epub 2007 Apr 11
  6. Herrera-Arellano A, Miranda-Sánchez J, Avila-Castro P, et al; Clinical effects produced by a standardized herbal medicinal product of Hibiscus sabdariffa on patients with hypertension. A randomized, double-blind, lisinopril-controlled clinical trial; Planta Med. 2007 Jan;73(1):6-12
  7. Ajay M, Chai HJ, Mustafa AM, Gilani AH, Mustafa MR; Mechanisms of the anti-hypertensive effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. calyces; J Ethnopharmacol.2007 Feb 12;109(3):388-93. Epub 2006 Aug 15.
  8. Walker AF, Marakis G, Morris AP, Robinson PA. 2002. Promising hypotensive effect of hawthorn extract: a randomized double-blind pilot study of mild, essential hypertension. Phytother Res Feb;16(1):48-54
  9. Asgary S, Naderi GH, Sadeghi M, Kelishadi R, Amiri M; Antihypertensive effect of Iranian Crataegus curvisepala Lind.: a randomized, double-blind study; Drugs Exp Clin Res. 2004;30(5-6):221-5.
  10. Chen ZY, Peng C, Jiao R, Wong YM, Yang N, Huang Y.; Anti-hypertensive nutraceuticals and functional foods; Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Feb;46(2):409-20. Epub 2007 Sep 18.
  11. Amira OC, Okubadejo NU; Frequency of complementary and alternative medicine utilization in hypertensive patients attending an urban tertiary care centre in Nigeria; BMC Complement Altern Med. 2007 Sep 28;7:30
  12. Ghayur MN, Gilani AH, Afridi MB, Houghton PJ; Cardiovascular effects of ginger aqueous extract and its phenolic constituents are mediated through multiple pathways; Vascul Pharmacol. 2005 Oct;43(4):234-41. Epub 2005 Sep 12.

13. Ghayur MN, Gilani AH.; Ginger lowers blood pressure through blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels; J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2005 Jan;45(1):74-80.

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