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Hibiscus tea: Health benefits and risks

What is Hibiscus?

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a flowering plant that is found in parts of the world that have warm and tropical climates. There are so many species of hibiscus flower from red to yellow to pink to orange and even to white. The flowers of hibiscus come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The most popular variety of Hibiscus is Hibiscus Sabdariffa.

Which part of hibiscus is edible?

It is recommended to consume only the petals of the hibiscus plant. The Stamen, Calyx, the pistil, and the pollen are removed and not used for cooking.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is also known as Sorrell tea or “sour tea”. It is made from the dried petals of hibiscus flowers. It is deep red in color.

The hibiscus tea has a fruity, refreshing flavor. It has several health benefits.

Nutritional Value

One small iced hibiscus breeze tea cooler contains:-
• Calories-79
• Protein-0gm
• Fat-0gm
• Carbs-20gm
• Fiber-0gm
• Sugar-20gm

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

1) Full of Antioxidant

Hibiscus tea is rich in powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are the molecules that help fight compounds called free radicles, which cause damage to your cells.

In a study in rats, hibiscus extract increased the number of antioxidants and reduce the harmful effects of free radicals by up to 92%.
However, more studies are needed to determine the antioxidants effects of hibiscus tea on human beings.

2) Hibiscus tea may help lower the Blood Pressure

Blood pressure and Diabetes

High blood pressure can be dangerous for your heart and cause it to weaken. With high blood pressure comes an increased risk of heart disease.

The hibiscus tea is found to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. According to one study on 65 people with high blood pressure were given a hibiscus tea and a placebo. And right after 6 weeks, those who drank hibiscus tea had a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure compared to those who consumed the placebo.

However, Hibiscus tea is not recommended for those taking the hydrochlorothiazide-a type of diuretic used to treat high blood pressure.

3) Hibiscus Tea is an immunity booster

Hibiscus Tea stimulates the T-Cells and B-Cells
4)Lowers Cholesterol
Drinking Hibiscus Tea keeps weight in check and hence helps in reducing the bad cholesterol.

5) Helps with period pain

period pain

Hibiscus Tea can help balance the hormones6)Removes toxins from your body

improves liver function

Risks of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea can affect the estrogen levels in females which can have an effect on both pregnancy and fertility in a female body.

It is also known to lower blood pressure. This means if you are already suffering from lower blood pressure it can be harmful.

How to make Hibiscus Tea

Ingredients

• 2 Cups Fresh Hibiscus Flower or 1/2 cup dried Hibiscus Flower
• 8 Cups Water
• 1/4 Cup Honey
• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Method

1. Boil some water in a pot.
2. Now when the water starts to boil add the petals of fresh hibiscus flowers, or dried flowers.
3. Let them boil then turn off the stove and cover the pot with the lid. At this point, You can also add honey for sweetness or even lemon zest, basil, lemongrass.
4. Let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes
5. Mix in honey, lemon till completely combined, then strain the tea.
6. You can either consume the tea warmly or you can refrigerate it for a couple of hours. Either way, it tastes delicious.

Written by Rajnish Singh

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