Hibiscus herbal tea benefits have been passed down to us through age-old wisdom and are now being supported by modern-day scientific research studies.
Hibiscus tea is an herbal tisane made by steeping the vibrantly colored calyces from the hibiscus plant (most often the Hibiscus sabdariffa variety) in boiled water. Enjoyed either hot or chilled by so many people around the world, hibiscus tea is tart, aromatic, energizing - and brimming with health benefits!
Here are more discoveries about hibiscus herbal tea benefits (or click here if you'd rather read an overview of hibiscus tea benefits, without the research).
A 2008 Iranian study focused on the benefits of hibiscus tea for lowering high blood pressure (BP) levels in people with type 2 diabetes and mild hypertension.
In this study, the 60 participants, who were taking no prescription medication for hypertension, consumed either hibiscus or black tea twice each day for a month.
Each cup of tea was made from 2 g loose tea packaged in a sachet and steeped for 20 - 30 minutes in 240 ml (about 1 cup) boiled water with one sugar cube. The hibiscus tea was the Hibiscus sabdariffa variety.
Research results indicated that hibiscus tea was very effective in lowering high systolic BP levels in diabetic patients.
In this study, black tea was found to increase systolic BP levels.
Those with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of developing high BP than those without diabetes. This study indicates that hibiscus tea may be a healthy, effective, natural way for diabetics to manage high BP.
An Iranian study in 2009 focused on the potential health benefits of hibiscus tea and black tea for people with type 2 diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels. People with type 2 diabetes are also more likely to have high levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and low levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.
In the study, 60 participants, each with diabetes, consumed either hibiscus tea (from the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant) or black tea twice each day for one month.
Research results showed that hibiscus tea significantly increased good (HDL) cholesterol levels, and decreased triglycerides, bad (LDL) cholesterol, and overall cholesterol. (Black tea was also found to increase good cholesterol levels in this research.)
In a laboratory study at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan in 2005, hibiscus extracts from the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant were found to induce cell death in 8 different kinds of cancer cells - most effectively in human gastric carcinoma cells.
The researchers attributed the hibiscus flower's potential as a cancer preventative (stomach cancer, in particular) to its polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants.
Interested in reading more? You can find this research abstract here.
Did you miss the first page of Hibiscus Tea Research? You'll find it here. Or, if you're not really interested in more research, you'll find an overview of hibiscus tea benefits here (without the research details!).
A cup of hibiscus tea packs a powerful punch! Within the lovely hibiscus flower, we find a plethora of health and wellness benefits - from helping to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels to providing support for diabetics to protecting us from heart disease, cancer, and more...
This amazing herbal tisane is delicious, fragrant, and very, very healthy. Show your body some love and brew a cup (or two) today!
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