Hibiscus Tea and Its Surprising Health Benefits

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Hibiscus sabdariffa is a flowering shrub that belongs to the Malvaceae mallow family. It’s native to Africa. The shrub yields yellow flowers with crimson centers. Another variety of hibiscus is Hibiscus ascetosella. This species yield red flowers but has no medicinal purposes. Hibiscus sabdariffa is cultivated as tea and as a medicinal herb. The cup- like structure of Hibiscus’ flowers called the calyx is used to make Hibiscus tea. In today’s post, we listing down all the surprising benefits of Hibiscus tea:

Prevents Diabetes

Did you know drinking Hibiscus tea every day lowers your blood sugar level? That’s right, people with type 2 diabetes will benefit from drinking Hibiscus tea. In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers found that at least 60 diabetics who drank the tea twice daily for a month saw a remarkable change in their blood glucose level. The researchers also noted that drinking Hibiscus tea also increased the HDL or good cholesterol level of participants.

Lower Blood Pressure

A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, scientists found that daily consumption of hibiscus tea lowered the blood pressure of participants afflicted with type 2 diabetes. In another study published in 2004 in “Phytomedicine,” researchers found that those who took 10 grams of dried Hibiscus calyx for four weeks saw a significant improvement in their blood pressure. The result was comparable to the blood pressure of those who took medication captopril. In Iran, hibiscus tea is traditionally used to reduce blood pressure level.

Lower Cholesterol

Hibiscus tea is also used to “thin out” the blood or reduce the blood viscosity. This, according to scientists from the Center for New Crops and Plant Products at Purdue University. In modern times, this translates as lowering the blood cholesterol level. Several studies confirm that hibiscus tea has the ability to either lower or maintain normal cholesterol level in the blood.

A study published in 2010 reported that participants who suffered from metabolic syndromes saw remarkable improvement in their condition after taking a daily dose of hibiscus extracts.

Aids in Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, you are in luck. Hibiscus tea is known as a fat-burner. The tea itself is very low in calories. An ounce of unsweetened Hibiscus tea contains zero calories. In comparison, an equal amount of soda contains 104 calories. An 8 ounce of lemonade contains 99 calories. By replacing high-calorie beverages with Hibiscus tea, you’ll increase your chances of losing weight.

In addition, drinking Hibiscus tea will make you feel fuller for longer. That’s because Hibiscus tea is quite a filling drink. In a review published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, health experts believe that herbal tea support weight loss. This works by increasing hydration and decreasing the consumption of sugar-based drinks like sodas and coffee.

Prevents Cancer

Hibiscus tea also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are plant-based compounds that neutralize free radicals. Drinking Hibiscus tea cuts the risk of certain cancers. It also keeps the skin younger looking and strengthens the immune system. That’s why in Asia, Hibiscus tea is traditionally prepared to treat common colds, coughs, and flu.

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