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3 Health Benefits of Hibiscus Flowers [Infographic]

Hibiscus Flower
The hibiscus flower is renowned for its vibrant color and beauty and adds a deep burgundy color when steeped in tea. The herb has also been found to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce obesity and animal fat, based on various scientific studies. In tea blends, the flower provides a refreshing, fruity and tart taste that is reminiscent of cranberries.
Hibiscus Flower Infographic
What is hibiscus?
The hibiscus is a flower that is popular as a garden or a potted plant and it is also the flower traditionally worn by women in Hawaii where several species of hibiscus are indigenous. Due to their soothing and astringent properties, hibiscus flowers were used for a wide variety of ailments in Ayurvedic medicine and in other traditional systems of medicine. Hibiscus is now used for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, and colds. The flowers add a luscious color and a tarty taste to tea, and provide high levels of antioxidants.
Botanical name: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Other names: Roselle, rosemallow
Description: An annual plant that grows to 7 feet tall with red trumpet-shaped flowers and red and white fruits
Habitat: Native to North Africa and Asia and now grows in many tropical regions around the world
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, hepatoprotective
The health benefits of hibiscus flowers according to research
1. Heart and Circulatory Health
Hibiscus may benefit people suffering from metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Clinical research has shown that drinking hibiscus tea decreases blood pressure and also appears to decrease total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Hibiscus tea may also promote cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, hibiscus tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults (hypertension refers to abnormally high blood pressure). Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus tea may reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, according to research conducted at Tufts University.
2. Immunity and Overall Health
In numerous research studies, hibiscus and hibiscus extracts have displayed potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects. Some studies have also demonstrated that anthocyanins, compounds found in hibiscus, have antioxidant and hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) effects. Hibiscus tea has also shown potential against influenza and cancer.
3. Weight Loss and Metabolism
According to research findings, consumption of hibiscus has been shown to reduce obesity and abdominal fat, and has an effect against liver steatosis (or fatty liver disease). During clinical trials, consumption was well tolerated with no reported adverse effects. Researchers believe hibiscus could help prevent or slow the onset of obesity. Other studies have suggested that extracts from hibiscus may help with weight loss by inhibiting the absorption of starch and sugar.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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