3 Health Benefits of Hibiscus Flowers [Infographic]
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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