Benefits of Hibiscus Tea for Good Health and Wellness

The incredible flavor and benefits of hibiscus tea are sure to make you a fan of this healthful herbal tea. Whether you're looking to boost antioxidant intake, promote healthy blood pressure, or get some support with weight management, this thirst-quenching tea is known for providing these (and many other) benefits. 

Hibiscus tea is a caffeine-free herbal tisane made from the dried, vibrantly colored calyces of the hibiscus flower (learn more here about hibiscus herbal tea). Served hot or chilled and enjoyed by millions of people around the world, this fragrant, tart tea is much loved in traditional medicine for helping with a wide variety of wellness concerns, from insomnia to high blood pressure to soothing skin irritations and much more. 

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Here are some of the reasons why delightfully delicious hibiscus tea might be a good addition to your tea stash. 

Encourage healthy blood pressure with hibiscus tea

Of the many benefits of hibiscus tea, perhaps the most well known is this tea's ability to support healthy blood pressure levels. 

Research shows that regularly enjoying hibiscus tea from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower may not only lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, but may also help to lower blood pressure levels that are already mildly to moderately high (including for those with type 2 diabetes). 

You may enjoy this short video, in which nutrition scientist Dr. Diane McKay discusses her research findings that consuming hibiscus tea regularly may reduce blood pressure levels. 

Fortunately, dietary changes can aid in managing high blood pressure, and hibiscus tea is a natural, tasty way to put these changes in motion. Treat yourself regularly to a cup of hot or cold hibiscus tea (2 to 3 times per day) to enjoy these lasting benefits. 

Enjoy some hibiscus tea for an antioxidant boost

Hibiscus flower tea is made from the dried calyces of the hibiscus flower, and calyces are known to contain high levels of antioxidants. A diet rich in antioxidants is vital for overall wellness, as these compounds combat harmful free radicals, provide protection against chronic disease, fight low-grade chronic inflammation, and help to keep us looking and feeling our best. 

For a simple, effective, delicious way to increase antioxidant intake during the day, brew and sip a cup of hibiscus tea. 

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Hibiscus tea is a great source of vitamin C

The dried hibiscus calyces used to make hibiscus tea are not only brimming with antioxidants - they're well-known for their high levels of vitamin C, too.

"I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It's sweet, sexy, and cleansing."

-Mario Batali, American chef, writer, and restaurateur

Add some hibiscus tea to your tea routine to enjoy the benefits this essential vitamin can provide, such as immune-system support, potent antioxidants, improved heart health, and enhanced iron absorption. Vitamin C is also incredibly beneficial for skin wellness and beauty, enhancing skin's glow and helping to keep our hardworking skin looking and feeling vibrant, clear, and youthful. 

Benefits of hibiscus tea for a healthy weight

For those of us looking for some support in reaching or maintaining a healthy weight, this tasty herbal tea may be a good addition to a weight management plan. Here are some benefits of hibiscus tea for reaching our weight goals:

  • Not only can hibiscus tea's antioxidants boost metabolism, but they can also help indirectly with weight loss by improving overall wellness. Antioxidants work to fight free radicals, support the immune system, and protect against chronic conditions - and a stronger, healthier body tends to lose weight more quickly and easily. 
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  • Hibiscus tea is a natural diuretic. Retaining extra water can be frustrating and uncomfortable during the weight-loss process, and hibiscus tea, with its natural diuretic properties, can help rid the body of excess water (through urination) and prevent temporary bloating.
  • Hibiscus tea may help prevent carbohydrate absorption. Hibiscus tea contains an enzyme inhibitor called "phaseolamin," and research suggests that phaseolamin can support weight loss by reducing carbohydrate absorption while helping the body maintain lean body mass.

So, if you're working on shedding those extra pounds, hibiscus tea may be a good addition to your overall weight management plan, along with other healthful beverages and foods, plenty of healing rest, staying active, and keeping stress at bay. Plus, you'll enjoy all of the other wellness benefits of hibiscus tea, too. 

Teas for Healthy Weight

Many other teas are known for providing support along our weight-loss journey, including green, oolong, and cinnamon tea

Be Safe - Hibiscus Tea Safe-Use Tips and Precautions

As with any tea (traditional or herbal) you're thinking of adding to your tea routine, it's important to stay informed about any precautions and tips for safe use associated with hibiscus tea. 

Some people tend to be sensitive to hibiscus tea and experience slight nausea or upset stomach after drinking it. So, if this tea is new to you, introduce it to your diet slowly until you know how your body will respond. If you are being treated for or are taking any medications for any health concern or condition (such as blood pressure or diabetes medication), please ask your primary care provider about any precautions and benefits of hibiscus tea before adding it to your day. 

If you are expecting (or trying to fall pregnant), please consult with your healthcare provider about teas and herbal tisanes (including hibiscus tea) during pregnancy. Some sources suggest that certain types of hibiscus may have emmenagogue effects (i.e. they may stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, and encourage menstruation), so seek advice from your primary care provider before consuming hibiscus tea while pregnant. You can also find helpful information about teas during pregnancy on the Bellybelly.com.au website

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Around the world, we love hibiscus tea and how very good this herbal tisane can be for us. And, hibiscus tea can be prepared and served in so many different ways, you'll never tire of versatile hibiscus tea. 

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