While hibiscus tea has been around for many years, this tea has recently been gaining popularity due to its potential health benefits.
Before diving into the variety of benefits hibiscus tea may offer, let’s first learn more about this not-so-well-known tea.
What is Hibiscus Tea?
Categorized as an herbal tea, hibiscus tea is made from the dried parts of the hibiscus flower. It has a deep red color and, while it has both sweet and tart flavors, the tartness is more dominant.
Although there are hundreds of species of hibiscus, which varies based on the location and climate they grow in, Hibiscus sabdariffa is most commonly used to make hibiscus tea.
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Below are 4 of the top health benefits that may result from drinking hibiscus tea, though further research is needed.
1. May Help Lower Blood Pressure
One of the biggest health benefits that drinking hibiscus tea is thought to have is lowering blood pressure. This is promising, as several studies support this theory and show that it lowers both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
2. May Decrease Inflammation
Hibiscus tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants, particularly phytochemicals, which can help lower inflammation in the body. These antioxidants may also help prevent damage and disease that result from the buildup of free radicals in the environment.
3. May Help Lower Cholesterol
Another benefit of drinking hibiscus tea is that it may help lower cholesterol levels. Even better, it has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and triglyceride levels while boosting levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
4. May Help with Weight Loss
Several studies suggest that hibiscus tea may be associated with weight loss. In some studies, participants experienced reduced body weight, as well as reduced body fat and body mass index (BMI).
However, it’s important to note that these studies used concentrated doses of hibiscus extract. Therefore, additional research is needed to fully confirm whether hibiscus tea offers similar benefits to hibiscus extract.
Although a lot more research needs to be done, hibiscus tea looks to be promising as a natural remedy for a variety of health issues. Of course, before beginning to consume hibiscus tea to treat any health problems, you’ll want to check with your doctor – especially if you’re on medication.
For high quality and delicious hibiscus tea, check out our Cut & Sifted Hibiscus Flower Tea. But, even though it’s fantastic on its own, don’t stop with drinking this tea as is! Use this herbal tea to make fabulous hibiscus beverages, depending on your mood and the occasion. Try our Ginger Turmeric Hibiscus Tonic, Hibiscus Mimosas and Fiery Hibiscus Kiss Cocktails.