Hibiscus Tea Health Benefits
The Health Benefits from Drinking Hibiscus Tea-
Hibiscus plants are highly valued for their important ecological, aesthetic, culinary, and medicinal uses.
Renowned for its beauty, the hibiscus flower is used medicinally to treat a wide variety of ailments, as well as for culinary purposes in making teas. Traditionally it has been used as a mild medicine, the tea a natural diuretic, contains vitamin C and minerals.
The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair graying.
A growing body of research suggests that many of the health benefits attributed to drinking hibiscus tea are largely imparted by its polyphenols, and consumption of hibiscus extract enhances systemic antioxidant potential, reducing oxidative stress.
- Hibiscus extract has been used in native medicines against high blood pressure, diabetes,liver disorders and to lower fevers.
- It supports heart health and respiratory health.
- Hibiscus tea can help to lower blood pressure-improving both blood pressure and blood lipid profiles in people with diabetes.
- An extract from the flowers of Hibiscus (rosa- sinensis) has been shown to function as a sunscreen.
- Hibiscus tea contains bioflavonoids, which are believed to help prevent an increase in LDL cholesterol. These bioflavonoids help to lower the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
- It may support healthy weight- reduced body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, and waist-to-hip ratio.
- Hibiscus sabdariffa extracts (HSE) are known to have both metabolic-regulating and liver-protecting potential.
- Helps to support memory and concentration.
- Supports your immune system.
- Hibiscus extract has even shown great promise in preventing and treating metabolic syndrome.
- Has potential anti-cancer effects and may even help to reduce the formation of kidney stones.
What Is Hibiscus
Hibiscus includes both annual and perennial plants, as well as shrubs and small trees. It is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family.
The leaves of the Hibiscus are oval shape tapering to a point at each end, often with a toothed or lobed margin with large trumpet-shaped flowers. Colors range from pink, white, red,orange, yellow or purple.
The red and white colored fruit is a dry five-lobed tubular structure, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule splits open at maturity.
When the petals fall off, deeply colored red calyces (cup-like structures) grow into pods that resemble flower buds. These red calyces are used to make hibiscus extract and a brightly colored (and delicious) red hibiscus tea.
Dried hibiscus is edible, and it is often a delicacy in Mexico like the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which is used as a vegetable.
The large hibiscus flowers provide nectar to many pollinators such as hummingbirds, and are also used as food plants by many insects.
People drink hibiscus tea the world over, it is a delicious and medicinally “good for you” brew that will keep you coming back for more. I drink it myself and highly recommend it to everyone for increased health. You can find the brand I drink at Amazon.com.
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