Among the mass of varieties of tea, hibiscus tea is distinguished, which is rich in beneficial properties for the human body.
Karkade is a herbal tea drink of bright red or burgundy color and sweet-sour taste, made from dried bracts of Rosella flowers, or Sudanese roses from the genus Hibiscus. Hibiscus tea is made from a tropical hibiscus plant. This tea with a pleasantly sour taste quenches thirst well. But lovers of this tea appreciate it not only for its pleasant taste. Recent scientific studies of hibiscus confirm the many benefits to our health. Here are some of them.
Useful properties of hibiscus.
Lowers blood pressure. There are many foods that help lower blood pressure, and hibiscus is on the top of this list. By stimulating kidney function, hibiscus removes excess fluid from the body, helping to lower blood pressure. In order for the effect to appear, you will need at least 6 weeks of daily intake of red tea. Drink 3 cups of this healthy drink every day. This drink will benefit diabetics, as it normalizes blood glucose levels and stimulates metabolism. As for hypotensives, iced tea will be an excellent way to normalize (increase) the pressure to normal levels.
It removes cholesterol. High blood pressure is not the only risk factor for heart disease. High levels of bad cholesterol are also dangerous for our heart system. Hibiscus perfectly cleanses blood vessels from cholesterol and reduce its level in the blood. Studies have shown that with this drink, the level of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides decreases and the level of “good” cholesterol rises.
Rich in antioxidants. Like most herbal teas, hibiscus is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. Tea contains anthocyanins in its composition – special substances in which it is concentrated in large amounts of vitamin P. Antioxidants rejuvenate the entire body and prevent its premature ageing. Pectins are also present in tea. These substances help naturally remove heavy metal salts from the body.
Helps fight cancer. Since antioxidants are present in the tea, harmful substances are removed from the body – thereby protecting cells from their harmful effects. This is a powerful preventative measure against cancer. Research on this subject is still being conducted, but it can safely be said that the substances contained in hibiscus stop the growth of cancer cells.
Helps fight overweight. Drinking hibiscus tea helps to lose weight. Tea contains substances that slow down the absorption of sugar and improve the digestion of carbohydrates. Hibiscus cleanses the body of toxins and improves the digestive system. Hibiscus contains such fruit acids as malic, citric and tartaric. They improve metabolism at the cellular level. Some studies have studied the effects of hibiscus tea on the liver. The substances contained in tea prevent the accumulation of excess fat cells in the liver, thereby protecting it.
Natural antidepressant. Those who suffer from depression and mood swings can try hibiscus as a natural antidepressant. Tea is rich in vitamins and minerals that have calming properties on the nervous system. Hibiscus contains flavonoids that have antidepressant properties.
Supports immunity. Tea contains vitamin C, which is known to play a large role in maintaining immunity and helps prevent colds, flu and other infectious diseases. It is used against infectious diseases, with dysbiosis, with boils and staphylococcus. Tea kills some pathogens and can be used as an anthelmintic.
Promotes digestion. Hibiscus helps improve digestion and speed up metabolism, which is largely due to the choleretic effect of red tea. Polyphenols in hibiscus stimulate the digestive system and help prevent symptoms associated with poor digestion.
Hibiscus is prepared like regular tea. To do this, pour one teaspoon of the petals with a glass of hot water and add sugar. Do not drink tea for people with gastritis and peptic ulcer, pregnant women and young children.