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Let’s face it – we all like to have a good drink every now and again. But what if that drink could both good AND healthy? There’s a lot of information about healthy foods that can help lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health. But don’t just think about eating healthy – you can drink your way to good health too!

Herbal Teas: Green and Hibiscus



Green tea very common and popular drink, particularly in Asian cultures. It is made from the Camellia sinensis leaves and contains several powerful antioxidants that lower cholesterol. Evidence from several studies suggest that green tea can reduce the total cholesterol levels by as much as 7.20 milligrams/dL and can reduce the LDL cholesterol level by 2.19 milligrams/dL.
 
Green tea has received most of the publicity because of it well known cholesterol lowering properties, however there are other herbal teas that also have similar benefits. Hibiscus tea, also known as sorrel, roselle and fleur de Jamaica is one such tea. It’s made from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower also contains several antioxidants that have cholesterol lowering properties.   A review of studies published in the Journal of Hypertension (2015) provided evidence of the positive effect of hibiscus tea on lowering serum cholesterol levels.

Recommendations: Experts recommend finding either a green tea, hibiscus blend or pure hibiscus tea leaves and drinking one to three cups daily. To get the full benefits of the hibiscus, steep for six minutes before drinking hot or cold.
 
Green tea has received most of the publicity because of it well known cholesterol lowering properties, however there are other herbal teas that also have similar benefits.



Hibiscus tea, also known as sorrel, roselle and fleur de Jamaica is one such tea. It’s made from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower also contains several antioxidants that have cholesterol lowering properties.   A review of studies published in the Journal of Hypertension (2015) provided evidence of the positive effect of hibiscus tea on lowering serum cholesterol levels.

Recommendations: Experts recommend finding either a green tea, hibiscus blend or pure hibiscus tea leaves and drinking one to three cups daily. To get the full benefits of the hibiscus, steep for six minutes before drinking hot or cold.


By Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D. 





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