Tea for the Soul

Chris Temelkos Writes About Tea – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 6, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Good news for all you tea drinkers out there. A recent study conducted by scientists at Tufts University in Massachusetts recruited 65 men and women with moderately high blood pressure, not on medication. Some were selected to drink hibiscus tea three times a day while others received a tea-flavored placebo. The results; after six weeks the hibiscus tea group saw a drop in systolic pressure compared to the placebo group, that saw no change, suggesting that the tea was somewhat effective.

The original claim had been that green tea can help lower blood pressure since it has already been linked to reducing stress and anxiety as well as containing compounds that relax blood vessels. However, studies have shown that it does not have much effect on blood pressure, making hibiscus tea appear to be a more promising alternative.

More studies need to be done in order to solidify these claims, however, tea is definitely a drink of comfort and an excellent way to soothe a nasty cold or a sore throat. Whether you decide on green tea, hibiscus tea or any other varieties of tea, know that you are providing your soul with a hot cup of goodness that may improve your health.


Toronto Star


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