Hibiscus tea is a tisane, and just like other herbal teas out there, it has a long history of use in traditional medicine systems. The beverage provides significant amounts of minerals, vitamin C and organic acids, hence its use in treating colds, respiratory tract infections and inflammations, constipation and loss of appetite.
The beverage is also recommended as natural remedy against heart disease, disorders of circulation or stomach irritation and digestive discomfort. The fruit acids work as natural antibiotics or anti-bacterial compounds, so they’re effective in keeping bacteria and worms away.
Through their high content of anthocyanins, flavonoids known for their powerful antioxidant effects, hibiscus flowers are able to fight the harmful effects of free radicals, keeping cells healthier for longer. These benefits are visible especially in the condition of your skin, which appears softer and more flexible, with fewer wrinkles.
Also, being a natural diuretic, hibiscus tea prevents excessive water retention, helping maintain proper hydration levels and preventing water weight gain, edema, bloating and puffiness.
Although more research is needed for supporting these traditional uses, there are enough studies that prove the effectiveness of hibiscus tea in people with two specific health issues: high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
A trial conducted in 2010, involving 222 patients with metabolic problems, showed that hibiscus tea supports normal blood sugar levels and helps in cholesterol maintenance. Another study published in 2009 showed the same effectiveness of this beverage in supporting normal cholesterol values, as well as positive effects on the levels of triglycerides, this time in patients with healthy blood glucose levels.
Also, a review published in 2010 in Cochrane showed that daily use of hibiscus tea is helpful in maintaining blood pressure levels. A trial dating from 2009 compared the effects of black and hibiscus tea among people with healthy blood sugar values and revealed that hibiscus tea impacts the systolic blood pressure, while black tea doesn’t have this effect.
To sum it up, hibiscus tea is surely a good addition to any diet, thanks to its proven benefits in maintaining proper cholesterol levels and in lowering blood pressure. Also, it may be an effective natural remedy for several health issues, from digestion problems to respiratory infections.
But even without these potential health effects, it remains a tasty and flavorful tisane, so it’s surely worth it.