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The effect of hibiscus sabdariffa on lipid profile, creatinine, and serum electrolytes: a randomized clinical trial.

Abstract
BACKGROUND
Hibiscus Sabdariffa – Flower Extracts (HS), a member of malvaceae family, is a medicinal plant with worldwide influential proven positive effect. Its effect on reducing serum lipids is mentioned in several studies.
AIM OF STUDY
The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of this plant in reducing the serum’s lipids in hypertensive patients.

MATERIALS and METHODS
Ninety hypertensive patients were randomly assigned to receive Hibiscus Sabdariffa (HS) tea for 15 days. The patients were asked to drink the tea within 20 minutes following its preparation. This process had to be repeated two times, daily. Patient’s FBS and lipid profile were collected at the first visit day (day 0) and on the day 30.

RESULTS
There was no significant differences between pre and post experiment values within the two groups. An upward trend in total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL cholesterol was evident in both groups. The increase in total and HDL cholesterol in both groups relative to their initial values were significant.

CONCLUSION
Hibiscus Sabdariffa is probably a safe medicinal plant. No significant harmful changes in cholesterol, triglyceride, serum creatinine, Na and K levels were observed within 15 days after the discontinuation of the medication.
The flowers are come in bright colors and the Extracts can be found in Natural Food Health Stores globally.

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Dr. Valerie Apricot
Dr. Brian Fotso
Dr. Jason Fotso

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