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Getting to know: Hibiscus

Updated: Feb 10, 2019

Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants and helps in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety. This infusion is made from dried parts of the hibiscus flower, which is deep red in colour. It has sweet and tart flavors, similar to cranberry, and may be consumed hot or iced.

'The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels' - Anthony William

This tea is a good source of anthocyanins that make it beneficial for managing elevated blood pressure levels, colds, and urinary tract infections.

'The antioxidants in hibiscus also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage' - Anthony William

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. For this drastic improvement to occur, you need to regularly consume three cups of this tea every day for a few weeks. Also, it has diuretic properties that increase urination and simultaneously lower blood pressure.

'Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice' - Anthony William

Hibiscus tea is a beverage that does not generally have any side effects, however if you are taking medications and/or prescribed supplements or are pregnant, breastfeeding or have diabetes, consult you health care practitioner before consuming.



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