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Benefits of Hibiscus Tea And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of hibiscus tea, also known as Agua De Jamaica, include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as a disturbed digestive and immune system, and inflammatory problems as well. It helps to cure liver diseases and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. It is rich in vitamin C, minerals, and various antioxidants, while also helps in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.

Benefits of Hibiscus Tea And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Hibiscus Tea
Nutritional Value of Hibiscus Tea
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Lowers cholesterol levels
Protects the liver
Has anti-cancer properties
Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Relieves menstrual cramps
Is an anti-depressant
Improves digestion
Aids in weight loss
Uses of Hibiscus Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Hibiscus Tea
Cultivation of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from the sepals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar or honey is often added to sweeten it. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink throughout the world, and is often used as a medicinal tea. Hibiscus tea is ruby-red in color, and is also colloquially known as sour tea. It is widely available all over the world, and can be consumed either hot or cold, depending on your preference. This tea is low in calories and is caffeine-free.

Nutritional Value of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is one of the heathiest beverages out there, as it contains no fats and no carbohydrates, but is filled with a plethora of essential nutrients. Hibiscus tea is rich in calcium and iron, as well as other minerals such as potassium and manganese. It has very impressive antioxidant properties, which help treat many diseases and ailments.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Lowers cholesterol levels

Hibiscus tea helps lower bad cholesterol levels from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and protecting blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes.

Protects the liver

Research has shown that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea may also help in treating liver diseases. Antioxidants help to protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Drinking hibiscus tea on a daily basis can thus improve your overall health and increase lifespan.

Has anti-cancer properties

Hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. Consumption of hibiscus tea on a daily basis slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. It is an essential nutrient required by the body to boost and stimulate the activity of the immune system. Hibiscus tea is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, it prevents you from catching a cold and flu. It is also used to treat discomfort caused by fever, due to its cooling effect.

Relieves menstrual cramps

The health benefits of hibiscus tea also include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It helps in restoring hormonal balance as well, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.

Is an anti-depressant

Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals like flavonoids which have antidepressant properties. Consumption of hibiscus tea can help to calm down the nervous system, and it may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.

Improves digestion

Hibiscus tea has been traditionally used to improve digestion. It regularizes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it is also used to treat constipation, which helps you lose weight and improve the health of your gastrointestinal system and avoid colorectal cancer.

Aids in weight loss

Over the years, hibiscus tea has been used to aid in weight loss efforts. When you consume food that is rich in carbohydrates, that food contains sugar and starch as well, which makes you likely to gain weight. This is where hibiscus comes in. Hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose, and also inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, which means that drinking hibiscus tea prevents the absorption from occurring. Therefore, hibiscus tea is found in many weight loss products.

Uses of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus is a large genus of flowering plants, growing primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, whose flowers are used for a wide range of medicinal purposes and edible products ranging from making jams and jellies to lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight loss, reducing cholesterol and, in some cases, treating cancer. Hibiscus tea has been proven to help manage blood pressure in hypertensive adults, and this is due to its anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce blood pressure drastically with daily consumption. Hibiscus tea has antioxidant properties which helps protect the liver, as well as lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood, thus keeping the heart functioning properly. Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals like flavonoids which have antidepressant properties, so this tea is often used to treat anxiety issues.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Hibiscus Tea

Although hibiscus tea has plenty of health benefits, it has a few side effects too. For people who are already suffering from low blood pressure issues or hypotension, consumption of hibiscus tea can further lower blood pressure levels, causing faintness, dizziness and damage to the heart and the brain. Hibiscus tea is not recommended for pregnant women, particularly due to its emmenagogue effects which may stimulate menstruation or blood flow in the uterus or pelvic region. Additionally, hibiscus tea may cause allergies such as itchy red eyes, sinus, or hay fever in certain people.

Cultivation of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a popular caffeine-free herbal tea made from the sepals of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa plant, also called the “Roselle”. For this reason, this drink is sometimes also called Roselle tea. Hibiscus tea has a long history of consumption in a variety of countries and cultures, but especially in hot, tropical areas, such as the Middle East and Central America, where the Roselle plant grows easily. Hibiscus tea clearly was the beverage favored by the Pharaohs of the ancient Nile Valley when they wanted to refresh themselves in the desert heat. Gradually, the benefits of hibiscus tea spread to the New World, and later, all over the globe. Hibiscus is a very low-maintenance plant, and can be grown in containers, pots, greenhouses, and even in open fields. For proper quality of flowers, hibiscus plants need plenty of rainfall and sunshine. Hibiscus plants prefer sandy loamy soils that are rich in organic matter.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is eating hibiscus flower in morning is good or not. Suggest me the benefits of hibiscus flower.

BHMS
Homeopath, Bhopal
Dear Lybrate User, In various places around the world, the flowersare eaten cooked, raw, pickled, as a spice, or even as a food dye. The flowers are the most used part of the hibiscus plant in cooking. In China, flower petals are baked in cakes, and in India they are boiled with sugar into a sweet, iced drink. Hibiscus flower is a good antioxidant. Which is good for skin, hairs, for immune system, it lowers blood pressure, lowers high cholesterol and fight cancer. But it has some Side Effects too. Blood Pressure: The health benefits of hibiscus tea include lowering blood pressure (anti-hypertensive property). Therefore, it is not recommended for people who already have low blood pressure. For further information and details you can consult online. Take Care.
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I know both green and black tea good for health. What about hibiscus tea and ginger coffee as in both milk is not added. Please cite the benefits of it.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist,
The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss.
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My mother is suffering from High blood pressure and lightly hypertension. And she forgets many things daily doing daily work. She takes medicines described below from good hospital. Are these medicines are right for her?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, She needs to follow certain natural norms to lower down her BP apart from medication. Go for a walk in the morning to regulate blood circulation to combat her BP. Go for meditation to reduce stress in order to nourish her body conditioning the heart and to calm her nerves to check forgetfulness. Tk, plenty of water ro hydrate your body. Your diet be easily digestible on time to avoid gastric disorder that triggers BP & raised heart rate. TK, low fats fluid milk (calcium, Beet juice, Hibiscus tea, Pomegranate juice (angiotensit II), Cranberry juice (anti inflamation & antioxidant ). All sorts of anti hypertensive medication be monitored. You can take homoeopathic medicine, being gentle,  rapid & safe in administration. Tk, care.
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Sir I have suffered from hypertension. With range 155to110 .ECG normal. What is the problem sir. My age is 32. Ecg. Doctor suggest azildac40. But I have no relief.

MBBS, MD - Cardiology, DM
Cardiologist, Mumbai
Change your lifestyle, Diet, do regular exercises, reduce your weight if obese, decrease salt intake, avoid processed food, junk food If not helping then add another medicines.

Sir Please suggest me which fruit should be more benefit for a high blood pressure patients?

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Skip the salt..Limit your intake of alcohol..Drink low-fat or nonfat milk..Drink hibiscus tea, cranberry juice, coconut water.eat fruits like apple, orange, pear banana.
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Popular Health Tips

Health benefits of HIBISCUS TEA

Net Qualified In Community Health And Social Medicine, M.Sc - Dietetics and Community Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Durgapur
Health benefits of HIBISCUS TEA

Health benefits of hibiscus tea

  1. Helps in weight loss.
  2. Aids in blood pressure.
  3. Boost immune system.
  4. Helps to prevent cold and flu.
  5. Used as a sports drink to satiate fast.
  6. Helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
  7. Aids in digestion and increase urination.
  8. Provides relief from cramps and menstrual pain.
  9. Protects liver against infections and diseases.
  10. Slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis.

Effective Home Remedies To Maintain Blood Pressure Level

DNB Cardiology, MD, Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology
Cardiologist, Mysore
Effective Home Remedies To Maintain Blood Pressure Level

Blood pressure readings above 140/90 are classified as hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension causes straining of blood vessels and an interruption in the blood flow. There are no specific symptoms, but prolonged uncontrolled hypertension can lead to a heart attack or brain stroke.

Listed below are a few ways to reduce high blood pressure:

  1. Limit your salt intake: The sodium content in salt disrupts the balance of fluids in your body, leading to high blood pressure. To avert hypertension, cut down on your daily salt intake to a maximum of one tablespoon.
  2. Indulge in physical exercise: If you are suffering from pre-hypertension (mild hypertension), it can be avoided or controlled by engaging in physical exercise such as brisk walk, swimming or playing a sport. Exercising regularly can lower blood pressure levels by 5 mmHg (millimetres of mercury).
  3. Bask in the sun: Exposure to sunlight alters the nitric oxide levels in your blood which leads to reduction in blood pressure. Thus, soaking up the sun can prove to be a great way to avoid a stroke in future.
  4. Add ginger and cardamom to your dietThe two spices, ginger and cardamom, provide required warmth to your body and help in stabilising the circulation of blood in your body and help in bringing down blood pressure levels.
  5. Add more green vegetables to your diet: Green vegetables, preferably the leafy ones, are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, iron and folate which help in maintaining the blood circulation that is essential for combating high blood pressure.
  6. Switch to decaf coffee: If you can’t give up coffee entirely, switch to decaf beverages as caffeine is responsible for tightening your blood vessels which leads to increased stress and blood pressure levels.
  7. Start drinking tea: Herbals teas such as chamomile, ginger, green tea and hibiscus tea contain herbal properties which soothe your blood vessels and nourish the blood flow. Herbal teas also help in hydration and rejuvenation of fluids in your body.
  8. Update your playlist: Music is proven to be therapeutic and updating your playlist with soothing Sufi, Celtic or Instrumental tunes can help you relax your mind and combat stress related blood pressure spikes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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8 Home Remedies for Managing High Blood Pressure!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology
Cardiologist, Jaipur
8 Home Remedies for Managing High Blood Pressure!

Blood pressure readings above 140/90 are classified as hypertension or high blood pressure. There are no specific symptoms, but prolonged hypertension can lead to a heart stroke.

Listed below are a few ways to reduce high blood pressure:

  1. Limit your salt intake: The sodium content in salt disrupts the balance of fluids in your body, leading to high blood pressure. To avert hypertension, cut down on your daily salt intake to a maximum of one tablespoon.
  2. Indulge in physical exercise: If you are suffering from pre-hypertension (mild hypertension), it can be avoided or controlled by engaging in physical exercise such as brisk walk, swimming or playing a sport. Exercising regularly can lower blood pressure levels by 5 mmHg (millimetres of mercury).
  3. Bask in the sun: Exposure to sunlight alters the nitric oxide levels in your blood which leads to the reduction in blood pressure. Thus, soaking up the sun can prove to be a great way to avoid a stroke in future.
  4. Add ginger and cardamom to your diet: The two spices, ginger and cardamom, provide required warmth to your body and help in stabilising the circulation of blood in your body and help in bringing down blood pressure levels.
  5. Add more green vegetables to your diet: Green vegetables, preferably the leafy ones, are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, iron and folate which help in maintaining the blood circulation that is essential for combating high blood pressure.
  6. Switch to decaf coffee: If you can’t give up coffee entirely, switch to decaf beverages as caffeine is responsible for tightening your blood vessels which leads to increased stress and blood pressure levels.
  7. Start drinking tea: Herbals teas such as chamomile, ginger, green tea and hibiscus tea contain herbal properties which soothe your blood vessels and nourish the blood flow. Herbal teas also help in hydration and rejuvenation of fluids in your body.
  8. Update your playlist: Music is proven to be therapeutic and updating your playlist with soothing Sufi, Celtic or Instrumental tunes can help you relax your mind and combat stress related blood pressure spikes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3018 people found this helpful

High Blood Pressure - 8 Ways You Can Control it At Home!

DM Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
High Blood Pressure - 8 Ways You Can Control it At Home!

Blood pressure readings above 140/90 are classified as hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension causes straining of blood vessels and an interruption in the blood flow. There are no specific symptoms, but prolonged hypertension can lead to a heart stroke.

Listed below are a few ways to reduce high blood pressure:

  1. Limit your salt intake: The sodium content in salt disrupts the balance of fluids in your body, leading to high blood pressure. To avert hypertension, cut down on your daily salt intake to a maximum of one tablespoon.
  2. Indulge in physical exercise: If you are suffering from pre-hypertension (mild hypertension), it can be avoided or controlled by engaging in physical exercise such as brisk walk, swimming or playing a sport. Exercising regularly can lower blood pressure levels by 5 mmHg (millimetres of mercury).
  3. Bask in the sun: Exposure to sunlight alters the nitric oxide levels in your blood which leads to reduction in blood pressure. Thus, soaking up the sun can prove to be a great way to avoid a stroke in future.
  4. Add ginger and cardamom to your diet: The two spices, ginger and cardamom, provide required warmth to your body and help in stabilising the circulation of blood in your body and help in bringing down blood pressure levels.
  5. Add more green vegetables to your diet: Green vegetables, preferably the leafy ones, are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, iron and folate which help in maintaining the blood circulation that is essential for combating high blood pressure.
  6. Switch to decaf coffee: If you can’t give up coffee entirely, switch to decaf beverages as caffeine is responsible for tightening your blood vessels which leads to increased stress and blood pressure levels.
  7. Start drinking tea: Herbals teas such as chamomile, ginger, green tea and hibiscus tea contain herbal properties which soothe your blood vessels and nourish the blood flow. Herbal teas also help in hydration and rejuvenation of fluids in your body.
  8. Update your playlist: Music is proven to be therapeutic and updating your playlist with soothing Sufi, Celtic or Instrumental tunes can help you relax your mind and combat stress related blood pressure spikes. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a cardiologist.
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Indian Herbs to Enhance Sexual Activity

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Indian Herbs to Enhance Sexual Activity

Set the mood right: 6 Indian herbs to boost sexual health

Sexual health is an often neglected area in India, due to the topic of sex being a taboo. Some studies show that your sex-drive is a reflection of your overall well-being due to its link with the other hormones in the body. All the hormones in our body collectively affect our mood, consciousness, and mental health.

Ayurveda has known the importance of sexual health since ancient times and used various herbs to not only increase sex drive but for the overall nourishment of the reproductive system.

Here is a list of the prominent herbs that are excellent for sexual health:

1. Ashwagandha

Also known as Indian ginseng, this is an aphrodisiac for men and increases blood flow to the reproductive organs and relaxes the nerves thereby increasing sex drive. You can take 2 gm of the powder in the evening or tablets that are available according to the dosage.

2. Shilajit

This is one of the most valuable herbal remedies which is only found in the Himalayas. It is literally the fossilized remains of medicinal plants and is found in a resinous form. Shilajit can increase sperm count in men and ovogenesis in women. The recommended dosage is 300 to 500 mg per day.

3. Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus is used for hair growth and arthritis but its petals are also a good aphrodisiac. It also contains antioxidants that fight ageing and preserve youthfulness. Have hibiscus tea like the Egyptians used to by mixing powdered hibiscus petals with tea.

4. Ginger

Ginger stimulates blood circulation to the pelvic area and also boosts energy levels. Mix half teaspoon of grated or chopped ginger with honey and have it.

5. Shatavari

This one is more suitable for women though it has some effect on men also. It is a calming tonic that regulates the female hormones. You can boil the crushed roots on medium flame and drink the water or you can use the powdered form (3-6 gm) gradually moving towards a higher dose.

6. Kaunchbeej

Known is English as mucuna pruriens, is one of the rare natural sources of powerful hormonally active compounds that can affect mood and mind. It stimulates the production of growth hormones, energizes the muscles and raises sex-drive in both men and women.

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Table of Content

Hibiscus Tea
Nutritional Value of Hibiscus Tea
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Lowers cholesterol levels
Protects the liver
Has anti-cancer properties
Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Relieves menstrual cramps
Is an anti-depressant
Improves digestion
Aids in weight loss
Uses of Hibiscus Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Hibiscus Tea
Cultivation of Hibiscus Tea