High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms, which means many people do not even realise they have it.
More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but the only way to find out if you have it is to get it checked.
Simple changes to diet can have a big impact on a blood pressure reading – it is recommended you cut your salt intake to less than 6g a day, eat a low-fat, balanced diet and drink less caffeine.
While caffeine is found in tea and coffee, studies have proven a certain tea can help reduce hypertension.
Drinking three cups of hibiscus tea everyday could lower your blood pressure, a study claimed.
The claim was put forward by US scientists who said both systolic and diastolic blood pressure – the two measurements of blood pressure – could be lowered by drinking hibiscus tea.
As part of the research, a group of 65 adults drank either three cups of hibiscus tea, or a drink with no therapeutic effect at all, everyday for six weeks.
Hypertension was reduced in those drinking hibiscus tea.
The effect was found greatest in those with higher systolic blood pressure to begin with.
“Hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants, including phenols and anthocyanin, which might explain the effect,” said Berkeley, University of California.
Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe added: “There are a few foods that lower blood pressure to take notice of, particularly if you are at risk for hypertension.
“Hibiscus tea makes that list with glowing reviews.”
All adults over 40 should get their blood pressure checked at least every five years.
You can get it checked at your GP surgery, at some pharmacies, as part of your NHS Health Check and even in some workplaces.
Blood pressure is recorded with two numbers – the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure.
The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body, whereas the diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels.
Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg, and high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher.
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