Hibiscus tea or Jamaica tea is a type of herbal tea made using Hibiscus flowers. Although herbal teas don’t actually use “tea”, they have rapidly grown in popularity due to the amazing health benefits they offer. Even among them, Hibiscus Tea is a favorite among tea lovers all over the world maybe because of its vibrant red color and tart flavor. We thought of exploring what Hibiscus could actually do to your body when consumed in moderation, and we managed to find some impressive information. Even if you are not a tea lover, you might want to try a Hibiscus Tea recipe next time after reading this.
01.loaded with antioxidants.
Antioxidants help you fight against free radicals and the damage caused by oxidation, the two main reasons which speed up the aging process. These antioxidants also help to reduce the risk of getting various illnesses and lower the inflammation in your body. Therefore the high amounts of antioxidants present in Hibiscus might be able to keep you healthy while maintaining youthful, wrinkle-free skin.
02. Reduces high blood pressure.
It is proved by a study conducted in 2015 that Hibiscus could be beneficial for people with high blood pressure. According to the study review, Hibiscus could reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in significant amounts when consumed daily. But the number of cups you should drink in a day and the time it takes to see some positive results may vary from person to person. On average, it may take 2-6 weeks for a person with mildly high blood pressure.
03. Makes your heart healthy.
High blood pressure can lead to various heart diseases like Angina, heart failure, and coronary artery disease because it makes the arteries less flexible and decreases the amount of blood and oxygen that goes to the heart. Since Hibiscus has positive effects on reducing high blood pressure, it indirectly promotes your heart health too.
But you should definitely discuss this beverage with your doctor before taking it on a daily basis, especially if you’ve had any heart complications and are currently taking a type of diuretic called “hydrochlorothiazide” to treat high blood pressure because it might negatively interact with Hibiscus.
04. May help lower cholesterol levels.
There are few studies revealing Hibiscus tea’s ability to decrease blood cholesterol levels, which is another risk factor for heart diseases. Those studies proved to be reducing LDL Cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing good cholesterol (HDL) levels. However, some studies that were conducted later showed conflicting results and some even showed this effectiveness is only limited to patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Therefore lowering cholesterol levels in the general population by Hibiscus still needs to be further investigated.
05. Boosts liver health.
Hibiscus proved to be effective in preventing the accumulation of fat in the liver, decreasing liver damage, and increasing the concentration of drug detoxifying enzymes in the liver by a considerable percentage during both human and animal studies. But all these studies used Hibiscus extract. So it’s not yet confirmed if Hibiscus tea could do the exact same to your liver.
06. Strengthens the immunity system.
Iron is an essential element in keeping the immunity system well balanced and maintaining red blood cells. Hibiscus tea is high in Iron and vitamin C, the antioxidant which we all know is responsible to keep our immune system healthy. Vitamin C also helps the fast absorption of Iron.
07. Protects kidneys.
The antioxidants in Hibiscus can restore kidneys damaged by free radicals while other compounds found in Hibiscus protect the entire urinary tract from infections. Being sugar and caffeine-free, Hibiscus could actually act as a natural diuretic and help you stay hydrated.
08. May help lose weight.
Cortisol is the stress hormone that may also attribute to depositing fat in your body while acting as an anti-inflammatory. Since Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation, it can keep this stress Hormone at bay. Hibiscus extract also showed impressive results in lowering weight and BMI value in overweight people and reducing abdominal fat.
But we doubt Hibiscus tea to be that effective as it’s not as concentrated as Hibiscus extract.
09. Controls blood sugar levels.
Hibiscus tea may help people with type -2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. But these studies were conducted on animals and it’s not quite confirmed to act in the same way for Humans. Diabetics also tend to face strokes and heart diseases since their blood lacks good cholesterol and has relatively high levels of bad cholesterol.
But as we said earlier, Hibiscus is effective in reducing total and bad cholesterol levels while increasing good cholesterol. Therefore Hibiscus tea has possible effects in controlling blood sugar but confirmed effects in reducing heart diseases among diabetic patients.
10. Prevents cancer.
Hibiscus is rich in polyphenols, the compounds which have powerful anti-cancer properties. In recent studies, Hibiscus extract could prevent growth and spread of mouth and plasma cell cancers, prostate cancers, and stomach cancers. But they were all test-tube studies and done using highly concentrated Hibiscus extracts.
As you see, Hibiscus shows more successful results as highly concentrated extracts, so the same benefits might not apply to people who drink Hibiscus tea. But don’t get discouraged! It certainly has better benefits than drinking just basic tea. So next time you feel like sipping a cup of tea, we suggest you make yourself an ice-cold or steaming hot cup of this amazing beverage with a gorgeous hue and unique flavor to have the perfect evening.