Health Benefits Attributed to Hibiscus (Roselle) Tea
- It Manages Blood Pressure
A report from the American Heart Association (2008), suggests that Hibiscus tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults, which can be beneficial for people suffering from hypertension and those at high risks of cardiovascular diseases. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus tea can reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, according to research done at Tufts University in Boston. Also, it has diuretic properties that increase urination and simultaneously lower blood pressure.
- It Helps with Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea can be beneficial for weight loss. Studies have suggested that hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose, the two dietary components that can lead to weight gain, and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, so drinking it lessens the absorption from occurring. Hibiscus can be found in many weight loss products.
- It Lowers Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea helps to lower the levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and to protect blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycaemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders, like diabetes. A research study conducted on patients with type II diabetes suggests that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and increases (good) high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which helps to manage diabetes.
- It Protects the Liver
Research studies have suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea may help in treating liver diseases. Antioxidants help protect your body from diseases because they help neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Therefore, drinking the beneficial oxidants in hibiscus tea helps to maintain good overall health.
- It Has Anti-Cancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid, which has anti-tumour and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that hibiscus may slow down the growth of cancerous cells, specifically human leukemia cells, by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.
- It is an Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent
Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, which boosts and stimulates the activity of the immune system. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, it can help to protect you from catching a cold and flu. It may also be used to treat discomfort caused by fever due to its cooling effect.
- It Relieves Menstrual Pain
The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It also helps in restoring hormonal balance, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation, such as mood swings, depression, and overeating.
- It Acts as an Antidepressant Agent
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals, specifically flavonoids, which have been associated with antidepressant properties. Consumption of hibiscus tea may help calm down the nervous system, and it may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.
- It Improves Digestion
Hibiscus tea improves digestion as it regularizes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it is also used to treat constipation, improve the health of your gastrointestinal system, and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- It Satiates Thirst
Hibiscus tea is also used as a sports drink in order to satiate thirst. For this purpose, hibiscus tea is typically consumed cold, as an iced tea. Many people include it in their diet since this variety of tea has the ability to cool down the body very fast.
- It Nourishes the Skin and Hair
Drinking hibiscus tea benefits your skin, too. Vitamin A and C in it can fight various skin problems like acne, scars, sunburns, eczema, and various allergies. Its antioxidants help fight free radical damage and reverse the effects of pollution on the skin. Hibiscus is also used in many topical skin care products and is said to have anti-ageing properties. It enhances cell turnover and evens out your skin tone.
The tea has a sweet, fruity, tangy, tart, cranberry-like flavour that is mildly bitter with tannin undertones; and a fruity-spicy aroma.