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Benefits of HIBISCUS TEA

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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Many studies have shown that tea consumption is beneficial to health. While green and white teas are more widely marketed and receive the most attention, hibiscus tea has its own health benefits. The hibiscus flower has been used for many years in ayurvedic medicine, a traditional form of medicine in India. This flower has been used to treat and even prevent a variety of medical conditions.

Identification

Hibiscus tea comes from the green part of the hibiscus flower called the calyx. The calyx of the flower is rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are pigments that are responsible for the hibiscus' red color and the production of antioxidants. Hibiscus tea contains fruit acids, amino acids, vitamins and bioflavonoids which are beneficial to good health. The tea is equally effective whether it is consumed hot or cold and is recommended for any age.

Nutritional Value

Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals. These essential nutrients boost the immune system, which allows the body to fight infections. Hibiscus tea is also beneficial in ridding the respiratory tract of bacteria that may lead to infection. The antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea can also slow down the growth of any pre-cancerous cells that may be present in the body.

Effects on Cardiac Health

The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea have been compared to red wine, which has positive effects on cardiac health. A study by scientists at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan found that the presence of antioxidants can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, according to "U.S. News & World Report." Lower cholesterol levels will lower the risk of heart disease by reducing the fat being accumulated in the coronary arteries.

Effects on Blood Pressure

Hibiscus tea has the ability to lower blood pressure, especially in patients with mild to moderate hypertension. According to research reported by the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, hibiscus tea may be as effective in controlling blood pressure as the antihypertensive drug Captopril. A study found that patients who drank two cups of hibiscus tea daily for one month lowered their systolic blood pressure, the same response induced by the medication Captopril. Hibiscus tea is also a mild diuretic, which increases urination and reduces the blood volume, causing the blood pressure to reduce.

Other Benefits

Hibiscus tea contains an enzyme inhibitor which acts to blocks amylase production. Amylase is an enzyme which breaks down starches into sugars. The amylase inhibitor found in hibiscus tea will reduce the amount of sugars that are absorbed into the body, thus resulting in weight loss. Hibiscus tea may also help treat depression and manage mood swings.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/119463-health-benefits-hibiscus-tea/#ixzz2KHevTxuU
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MixedCooke
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

combine it with some cinnamon, which helps with insulin resistance and give metabolic syndrome, which typically afflicts shift workers, the boot!

peaches_04
by Group Owner on Feb. 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM
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pecanswirl49
by New Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

cant wait to try it. hi

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