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Cardiovascular benefits of popular foods – some are quite good!

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From  A Clinician’s Guide for Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies: Part II

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Nutrition, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Herbal teas may provide health benefits

Herbal teas may provide health benefits

Antioxidants Research Laboratory scientists Diane McKay and Oliver Chen discuss the results of their hibiscus tea study, which showed the effectiveness of this beverage in reducing blood pressure: Click here for photo caption.
Antioxidants Research Laboratory scientists Diane McKay and Oliver Chen discuss the results of their hibiscus tea study, which showed the effectiveness of this beverage in reducing blood pressure.
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From the March 1 2011 Science Daily item

ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2011) — Those who enjoy the caffeinated lift that comes from drinking traditional coffees and teas may tend to overlook the benefits of drinking herbal infusions. Now, as explained in this month’s issue of Agricultural Research magazine, the idea that herbal teas may provide a variety of health benefits is no longer just folklore….

Chamomile tea has long been considered a brew that soothes. But when Blumberg and McKay reviewed scientific literature on the bioactivity of chamomile, they found no human clinical trials that examined this calming effect. They did, however, publish a review article on findings far beyond sedation, describing test-tube evidence that chamomile tea has moderate antimicrobial activity and significant antiplatelet-clumping activity.

The researchers also describe evidence of bioactivity of peppermint tea. In test tubes, peppermint has been found to have significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Based on a human clinical trial, the team also has reported that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.

McKay and Blumberg have concluded that the available research on herbal teas in general is compelling enough to suggest further clinical studies.

 

March 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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