100% Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants. Fifteen to thirty percent of hibiscus tea is made up of organic acids such as malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. These are the same acids found in many fruits, including grapes and wine. These acids help to strengthen the immune system, lower the risk of metallic build up in the blood stream, and promote healthier skin.
Rich in anthocyanin, glycoside hibiscin and gossypetin, which have diuretic and choleretic effects, the tea helps control blood viscosity, reduce blood pressure and enhance digestion.
Lowering cholesterol: Studies show that like red wine, the antioxidants and bioflavonoids contained in hibiscus tea are helpful in controlling cholesterol, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lowering blood pressure: Studies have also shown that hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure. According to one study, people who frequently drink hibiscus tea, experience a reduction of 7.2 points in their systolic blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is also a mild diuretic, which increases urination and reduces blood volume, causing blood pressure to go down.
Combats cold symptoms: Because it is rich in vitamin C, hibiscus tea is an excellent guard against colds and flu.
Improves digestion: Hibiscus tea improves the functioning of the bladder and the bowels. Its diuretic qualities mean that it has traditionally been used to treat constipation. It also has an anti-spasmodic effect and can be used to settle digestive flare ups associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Decreased depression & mood swings: The minerals and vitamins in hibiscus tea can contribute to a more positive frame of mind and a calming of the nervous system.
Prevents the growth of pre-cancerous cells: Like all antioxidant rich foods, hibiscus tea can help slow the growth of precancerous cells by destroying free radicals.
Helps in weight loss: Hibiscus tea is often found in natural weight loss products, and can be a part of any healthy weight loss diet. It contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the production of amylase, the enzyme that transforms starches into sugar. Drinking hibiscus tea after meals will therefore help to reduce the absorption of carbohydrates, which will gradually lead to weight loss.
CAUTION - Do Not drink if you have low blood pressure; always consult a physician if you have underlying health issues and feel concerned about drinking Hibiscus tea.