Hibiscus is a versatile and popular herb known for its distinctive flavour and various features. Here’s a summary of its flavour and key characteristics, including having a tart and tangy flavour, often described as “hibiscus tea” or “cranberry-like.” The taste is refreshing and slightly astringent, making it a popular choice for herbal teas and culinary applications. It can also be enjoyed both hot and cold, and it pairs well with sweeteners like honey, agave syrup, or sugar to balance its tartness.
Traditional therapeutic use
- High vitamin C content.
- Controls high blood pressure (-10 points after consuming 3 cups of tea a day for a few weeks in research).
- Reduces high cholesterol (antioxidant properties, it helps keep LDL or “bad” cholesterol in check).
- Hypoglycemic properties so it is useful for diabetics.
- Can slow the growth of cancer cells (in research).
- Helps treat liver diseases.
- Increase the production of breast milk.
- Restore hormone homeostasis.
- Reduces the pain caused by menstruation, and other unpleasant symptoms: overeating, depression, and mood swings.
- Cold treatment.
- Weight loss and obesity.
- Loss of appetite.
- Fluid retention.
- Heart disease.
- Stomach irritation.
- Calms the nervous system and fights disease.
Hibiscus is known for a variety of health benefits, including:
- Lowering blood pressure: Hibiscus has been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure in people with hypertension.
- Reducing cholesterol levels: Hibiscus may help to reduce cholesterol levels, which can improve heart health.
- Promoting weight loss: Hibiscus may help to promote weight loss by increasing metabolism and reducing fat absorption.
- Boosting the immune system: Hibiscus is high in antioxidants, which can help to boost the immune system and protect the body from disease.
- Reducing inflammation: Hibiscus has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
- Improving liver health: Hibiscus may help to improve liver health and protect the liver from damage.
Hibiscus contains a variety of active ingredients, including:
- Anthocyanins: Anthocyanins are plant pigments that give hibiscus its vibrant red colour. They are also powerful antioxidants that have been shown to have a number of health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol levels.
- Phenolic acids: Phenolic acids are another type of antioxidant found in hibiscus. They have been shown to have a number of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a group of plant compounds that have been shown to have a variety of health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, improving blood flow, and protecting the brain.
- Organic acids: Organic acids found in hibiscus include citric acid, hibiscus acid, and malic acid. These organic acids have a number of health benefits, such as improving digestion and boosting the immune system.
In addition to these active ingredients, hibiscus also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.
The active ingredients in hibiscus are responsible for its many health benefits. Hibiscus tea is a popular way to consume hibiscus and reap its health benefits. However, hibiscus can also be taken in capsule or powder form.
Hibiscus is generally safe for most people to consume. However, it is important to note that hibiscus may interact with certain medications, such as blood pressure medications and diabetes medications. It is important to talk to your doctor before using hibiscus if you are taking any medications.
Hibiscus may also cause side effects in some people, such as:
- Stomach upset.
- Painful urination
- Ringing in the ears.
Hibiscus is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is also not recommended for people with kidney disease or liver disease. Because these products do contain active ingredients, please ensure that you do not exceed the recommended doses and if in any doubt, or if you experience any side effects – however slight – please consult your doctor or healthcare professional.
Clinical evidence of the ingredients found in this product. These are public domain references and do not relate directly to our product.
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