Hibiscus tea has many health benefits such as give you a relief from the high cholesterol and high blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer, cure liver disease, speed up the metabolism, helps in the treatment of anxiety and hypertension and helps in the healthy and gradual weight loss. It has a sour taste and it is ruby red in color. It has similar flavor to cranberry. You can drink it hot or cold. This tea is prepared by boiling parts of the hibiscus plant and in the most cases flowers are used. The scientific name of this plant is Hibiscus sabdariffa. It has many local names and the most common is Roselle.
Good for both summer and winter: You can drink hibiscus tea as an iced tea or a hot tea. If you want to keep your body warm in winter, then you should brew it and you should drink it straight away. In the summer you can drink iced hibiscus tea. You will have to spend 20 minutes to prepare it and then you can cool your body in a refreshing and healthy way.
Weight loss: If you want to lose your weight, then you should drink hibiscus tea. If you eat food that is rich in carbohydrates, then you can easily gain weight. There are some studies in which is shown that the hibiscus tea can help you to lose weight because the hibiscus extract will lower the absorption of glucose and starch. This plant inhibits the production of amylase that will help in the absorption of starch and carbohydrates. This is a reason why hibiscus is a part of many weight loss products.
Satiates thirst: This kind of tea is used as many sport drinks to satiate thirst. This is a reason why is used an iced form of hibiscus tea. This tea can cool your body in a very fast way. It has medicinal properties such as being diuretic which can flush out the excess toxins and fluids from your body.
Aids digestion: There are many people around the world drink hibiscus tea to improve the digestion. It can increase the bowel movements and urination. It is used to treat constipation because it has diuretic properties. It can help to avoid colorectal cancer and improve the health of your gastrointestinal system.
Antidepressant properties: This tea has minerals (such as flavonoids that posses antidepressant properties) and vitamins. It can help you to calm down your nervous system and it can reduce depression and anxiety by a creating a relaxed sensation in your mind and body.
Menstrual pain: The hibiscus tea will give you a relief from the menstrual pain and cramps. Also it will help you to restore hormone balance as well which can help you to reduce the symptoms of menstruation overeating, depression and mood swings.
Anti – inflammatory and antibacterial properties: Hibiscus tea has an ascorbic acid that is also known as Vitamin C. This acid will boost and stimulate the activity of the immune system. It will prevent you from catching flu and cold. Also it can be used as natural treatment for the discomfort which is caused by the fever because it posses cooling effect.
Anti – cancer properties: Hibiscus tea has antioxidant and anti – tumor properties. It can slow down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing programmed cell death (which is a process known as apoptosis).
Protects liver: There are some studies in which is shown that the hibiscus tea can help in the treating liver disease. It can help to protect your body from many diseases because it can neutralize the free radicals which are present in your cells and body tissues. This is a reason why we should drink a lot of hibiscus tea (to have a normal health).
Lowering cholesterol: This tea has antioxidant properties that will help you to lower the low density cholesterol in your body which will protect your blood vessels from damage and it will protect against heart disease. People who suffer from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes should drink hibiscus tea because it has hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic properties. There was one study in which was shown that people who suffer from diabetes type 2 when they have drunk hibiscus tea, then this helped them to lower triglycerides, cholesterol and it lowers the density lipo – protein cholesterol.