When it comes to health benefits in the media, “real” tea (that which comes from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis) gets most of the spotlight.  And while “real” tea definitely deserves the attention, many herbal teas are also very beneficial for the body and shouldn’t be ignored.

true flower power!After all, not everyone’s body can take the caffeine (found naturally in “real” teas) – and sometimes you just don’t want that buzz – so herbal teas are a great way to go.  And according to a recent study from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, drinking one specific ingredient commonly found in many herbal teas may be just what the doctor ordered.

According to the research, swigging just three cups of any tea containing hibiscus (After Dark, Cranberry Muffin, or Crimson Punch, to name a few) per day could lower blood pressure, especially in adults who have mild hypertension.  Even better, the results seemed to conclude that the higher a patient’s blood pressure, the more improvement the hibiscus-based tea caused.

This, by no means, is to say that drinking hibiscus is a miracle cure to high blood pressure.  As always, following the advice and treatments of your doctor is always a wise choice – drinking some great tea is never a bad idea, though!