Hibiscus tea benefits, well known in traditional medicine for many years, range from its potent antioxidants to its ability to lower blood pressure and more.
Hibiscus tea is an herbal tisane made from the dried, vibrantly colored calyces of the hibiscus flower (learn more about the hibiscus flower and hibiscus tea here).
Served hot or chilled and enjoyed by many people around the world, this tea is good for health, and current research targeting the health benefits of hibiscus tea is supporting the age-old wisdom about this fragrant, tart beverage.
Here are some of the ways hibiscus tea is good for our health and wellness.
High blood pressure (BP), which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease, is becoming more and more prevalent in our modern-day, stressful world.
We know that dietary changes are an effective way to help manage high BP, and hibiscus tea, which is well known for its ability to lower high blood pressure, is a natural, risk-free, and tasty way to put these changes in motion.
Studies have shown that drinking as little as 2 to 3 cups of hibiscus tea from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower each day can lower your BP levels, working as effectively as some anti-hypertensive prescription medications (without the potential side effects).
You may enjoy the following short video! Nutrition scientist Dr. Diane McKay discusses her research about hibiscus tea benefits and research findings that consuming hibiscus tea regularly can reduce blood pressure levels.
Those suffering from type 2 diabetes are at even greater risk for developing high blood pressure, and research also indicates that this colorful, delicious tea is an effective way for diabetics to manage or prevent high BP.
Hibiscus flower tea is made from the dried calyces of the hibiscus flower. Calyces are known to contain high levels of antioxidants and, for good health, antioxidants are an essential part of our diets. They help to rid our bodies of free radicals (destructive molecules that can damage our cells and DNA) and protect us against chronic disease, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Antioxidants can also fight and prevent low-grade chronic inflammation, which research has linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, Crohn's, PCOS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, infertility, premature aging, obesity, and many other health issues. By choosing foods and beverages that are high in antioxidants (like hibiscus tea), you can help reverse the inflammatory process in your body.
And, if you're worried about the visible signs of aging (like wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity and moisture), consider adding more antioxidants to your diet - they reverse the effects of aging on our bodies.
Another of the many hibiscus tea benefits... A cup of hibiscus tea is a simple, effective, delicious way to increase your antioxidant intake!
Have you tried hibiscus tea yet? This herbal tea is so delicious and flavorful that it will win you over even without considering its health benefits...
But now that you know more about hibiscus tea benefits and how very good this brew is for your health, you'll enjoy it even more. Plus, hibiscus tea can be prepared and served in so many different ways, you'll never tire of this versatile tea! Be sure to add it to your tea stash.
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Even if a tea or tisane has a reputation as a healthy beverage, it may not necessarily be a good fit for you.
Some people do experience slight nausea or upset stomach after drinking hibiscus tea, so, if this tea is new to your diet, incorporate it slowly until you know how your body will respond.
And, before you add hibiscus tea to your diet, be sure to check with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of this brew for you - especially if you have blood pressure concerns (high or low) or are taking any prescription medications.
If you are expecting (or trying to fall pregnant), it is essential that you consult your healthcare provider before drinking hibiscus tea. There is some evidence that certain types of hibiscus have emmenagogue effects (i.e. they stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, and encourage menstruation) and, as such, could potentially bring on a miscarriage. Please be safe and protect yourself and your little one, and ask your healthcare professional before consuming any hibiscus tea if you are pregnant. Also, if you are a nursing mom, be sure to ask your healthcare provider if this tea is a good choice for you and your baby.
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