The many health benefits of hibiscus tea make this tart, aromatic, delicious brew even more enticing.
In traditional medicine, hibiscus tea is used to help manage a wide variety of health concerns, from insomnia to high blood pressure to soothing skin irritations and much more.
Recent scientific research is providing support for much of what age-old herbal wisdom has already revealed about this delightful tisane.
Here are more of the many health benefits of hibiscus tea.
People with diabetes tend to be at greater risk for developing high blood pressure (BP). Research has shown that enjoying hibiscus tea regularly is an effective way for diabetics with mild to moderate hypertension to lower their BP.
In fact, as little as 2 cups of hibiscus tea each day (an amount easily added to your daily routine) can significantly reduce high BP levels.
Hibiscus tea can provide additional health benefits for diabetic patients by improving their cholesterol levels.
Scientific studies have found that regular consumption of this delicious herbal tea can increase 'good' (HDL) cholesterol and reduce 'bad' (LDL) and overall cholesterol levels for diabetics. This healthy tea helps to decrease triglycerides, as well. Again, 2 cups is the magic number - enjoying 2 or more cups of hibiscus tea each day is a simple, risk-free, effective way for diabetics to manage their cholesterol levels.
Because hibiscus tea is an herbal tisane, it is naturally free of caffeine. Although caffeine does have certain benefits (such as increased concentration, alertness, and energy), it also has a number of potential side effects. And, many of us are either very sensitive to caffeine or are trying to watch our caffeine intake.
With its tart taste and the many different ways it can be served, hibiscus tea is a delightful, stimulating alternative to any caffeinated beverage!
The dried hibiscus calyces used to make hibiscus tea are not only an amazing source of antioxidants, they are known for their high levels of vitamin C, as well.
Enjoy a cup of hibiscus tea for its delicious taste and to take advantage of the benefits of vitamin C - support for your immune system, help with iron absorption, antioxidant effects, lowered risk of chronic disease, protection against that pesky common cold, and much, much more.
The health benefits of hibiscus tea may include protection against cancer - stomach cancer, in particular.
In a Taiwanese laboratory study, extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa was found to be toxic to cancer cells, and especially effective in killing human gastric carcinoma cells. The study researchers attributed hibiscus's potential ability as a cancer preventative to its high levels of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants.
These aren't all of the health benefits of hibiscus tea... You can learn more about this delicious, aromatic herbal tisane here. Or, if you'd like to read about recent research targeting hibiscus tea and health benefits, you'll find more information here.
If you've been considering trying out a new tea to add to your tea cupboard, hibiscus tea is an excellent choice. It will satisfy your taste buds and nurture your health - an enticing combination!
So many people turn to herbal teas for the countless health benefits they provide (and for their wonderful, soothing taste). Even so, always use your common sense - and consult with your healthcare professional - before adding an herbal tea to your diet, especially if you are planning to use it to help manage a health concern or condition (such as high blood pressure or diabetes).
Some people do find they are very sensitive to hibiscus tea, so, if this is a new tea to you, add it slowly to your diet until you find out how your body reacts to hibiscus tea.
If you are expecting or planning to become pregnant, it is absolutely essential that you pay a visit to your healthcare provider before consuming any hibiscus tea. Certain types of hibiscus are reputed to have emmenagogue effects (meaning they may stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus and may encourage menstruation) and, as such, could possibly bring on a miscarriage.
To protect yourself and your unborn baby, please don't drink any hibiscus tea until you speak with your healthcare provider. The same holds true if you are a nursing mom - ask your healthcare professional about the health benefits of hibiscus tea and whether hibiscus tea is a good choice for you and your little one.
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