More Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

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. And, 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.

Hibiscus Tea and Diabetes

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.

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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.

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Hibiscus Tea is Caffeine Free

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.

If you are trying to avoid the 'caffeine blues,' headaches, insomnia, anxiety, or other possible caffeine side effects, you may find aromatic, vibrantly colored hibiscus tea a wonderful substitute for caffeinated teas (meaning all teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant).

Caffeine and Tea

Learn more about caffeine - including recommendations about how much caffeine is safe for you - on our Caffeine Facts page.

With its tart taste and the many different ways it can be served, hibiscus tea is a delightful, stimulating alternative to any caffeinated beverage!

Hibiscus Tea is Rich in Vitamin C

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.

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Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea for Stomach Cancer

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.

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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!

Are there any risks or side effects I should know about with hibiscus tea?

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, please 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.

The tea of royalty...

It is said that hibiscus tea was the preferred beverage of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. What a refreshing beverage in the heat of the desert!

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.

More about Hibiscus Tea Benefits

Hibiscus Tea Benefits - Drop by our Hibiscus Tea Benefits pages to learn more about the many ways this caffeine-free herbal tea can support good health.

Hibiscus Tea Benefits & You! - Have you experienced the benefits of hibiscus tea? Why not share your thoughts and advice about hibiscus tea with others - and read what other visitors to our site have to say about this delicious tea, too.

All about Hibiscus Tea - Do all hibiscus plants provide health benefits? Which part of the hibiscus plant is used to make hibiscus tea? Get answers to these questions and more on our Hibiscus Flower Tea page. 

Hibiscus Tea and Weight Loss - Can this tasty herbal tea really help with shedding those extra pounds? Learn more about the benefits of hibiscus tea for weight loss. 

Hibiscus Tea for Detox - Is your body needing a detox? Learn more about some rejuvenating, cleansing herbal teas (including hibiscus) that are ideal detox teas.  

Hibiscus Tea Research - Read up on recent scientific research focusing on hibiscus tea benefits for good health.


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Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Jalali-Khanabadi BA, Afkhami-Ardekani M, Fatehi F. Effects of sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on lipid profile and lipoproteins in patients with type II diabetes. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):899-903.

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