Stop and eat the (hibiscus) flowers.
Hibiscus has been studied for its potential health properties for at least a decade. It’s been reported to decrease cholesterol, reduce obesity and abdominal fat and lower the risk of fatty liver disease. But perhaps the most promising of all its potential health benefits is its impact on blood pressure.
No one is quite sure how it works, but drinking strong hibiscus tea (about 5 bags for 2 cups of tea) every morning has been found to lower blood pressure as effectively as the leading blood pressure medication (at its starting dose).
But be careful not to go overboard. Too much hibiscus could lead to increased level of manganese in the blood. The general guideline from NutritionFacts.org is no more than one quart of strained hibiscus tea a day for a 150 lb. adult.
Of course, be sure to discuss any changes you make to your diet with your doctor. If you are taking medication for high blood pressure don’t stop unless your doctor directs you to. High blood pressure (hypertension) is called the silent killer because it increases your risk of heart attack and stroke – often without any noticeable symptoms.