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hypertension & hibiscus tea

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Looks like a spot of tea may be a way to lower blood pressure. A recent study out of Tufts University found that people were able to lower their systolic pressure by drinking as little as 3 cups of herbal hibiscus tea each day; this beneficial effect is thought to be the result of the tea’s high levels of antioxidants. Look for herbal teas that list hibiscus as one of the main ingredients on the food label, indicating a high concentration. And heed the advice in this month’s Ask the RD section to drink tea only between meals, to protect iron absorption.

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