Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus is a bushy annual plant. Parts of the flower are used to make a popular drink in Egypt called Karkade. Various parts of the plant are also used to make jams, spices, soups, and sauces. The flowers are used to make medicine.

Health benefits of Hibiscus tea:

  • Lowering Cholesterol. Studies show that like red wine, the antioxidants and bioflavonoids contained in hibiscus tea are helpful in controlling cholesterol, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Lowering Blood Pressure. Studies have also shown that hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure. According to one study, people who frequently drink hibiscus tea, experience a reduction of 7.2 points in their systolic blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is also a mild diuretic, which increases urination and reduces blood volume, causing blood pressure to go down.
  • Combats Cold Symptoms. Because it is rich in vitamin C, hibiscus tea is an excellent guard against colds and flu.
  • Improves Digestion. Hibiscus tea improves the functioning of the bladder and the bowels. Its diuretic qualities mean that it has traditionally been used to treat constipation. It also has an anti-spasmodic effect and can be used to settle digestive flare ups associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Decreased Depression & Mood Swings. The minerals and vitamins in hibiscus tea can contribute to a more positive frame of mind and a calming of the nervous system.
  • Prevents the Growth of Pre-Cancerous Cells. Like all antioxidant rich foods, hibiscus tea can help slow the growth of precancerous cells by destroying free radicals.
  • Helps in Weight Loss. Hibiscus tea is often found in natural weight loss products. It contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the production of amylase, the enzyme that transforms starches into sugar. Drinking hibiscus tea after meals will therefore help to reduce the absorption of carbohydrates, which will gradually lead to weight loss.

 

 

Nutrients of Hibiscus tea:

Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamins and minerals most likely for the vitamins (beta carotene, folate, thiamin, vitamin A and vitamin C) and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc).

 

 

Dosage on drinking Hibiscus tea:

Recommends drinking 1 cup daily of 2 tbsp. of dried hibiscus in 1 cup of water.

 

 

Hibiscus tea and Side Effects:

Individuals who have low blood pressure must avoid drinking Hibiscus tea. Consuming the tea by individuals with low blood pressure may cause dizziness, faintness or other more serious problems such as damage to the heart or brain. If you take medications to hypertension, talk to your physician before taking natural remedy with similar features. People that are taking acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs should be careful with regard to their consumption of hibiscus tea, due to the fact that the tea could affect how the body processes the drugs.

 

For more information about Hibiscus Tea, visit links below:

Hibiscus Tea at Wiki
Hibiscus Tea at WebMD
Hibiscus Tea at LiveStrong
Hibiscus Tea at World of Teas
Hibiscus Tea at Hibiscus Tea Benefits