Hibiscus is a type of herb associated with many health benefits. It has a tart flavor similar to that of cranberries.
In Annie's Herb Kitchen we use Hibiscus to prepare our delicious Winter Tea.
- It's packed with antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that help fight compounds called free radicals, which cause damage to your cells. Hibiscus is rich in powerful antioxidants and may therefore help prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals.
- Helps lower the blood pressure
One of the most impressive and well-known benefits of hibiscus is that it may lower blood pressure. Over time, high blood pressure can place extra strain on the heart and cause it to weaken. High blood pressure is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Several studies have found that hibiscus may lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
While hibiscus may be a safe and natural way to help lower blood pressure, it is not recommended for those taking hydrochlorothiazide, a type of diuretic used to treat high blood pressure, as it may interact with the drug.
- Helps Lower Blood Cholesterol Levels
In addition to lowering blood pressure, some studies have found that hibiscus may help lower blood fat levels, which are another risk factor for heart disease.
- Boost Liver Health
From producing proteins to secreting bile to breaking down fat, your liver is essential to your overall health. Interestingly, studies have shown that hibiscus may promote liver health and help keep it working efficiently by increasing drug-detoxifying enzymes and reducing liver damage and fatty liver.
- acts against inflammation and bacterial infections
- breaks down problems with painful menstruation
- helps to cope with depressive states and stimulates the mind
- effectively and quickly quenches the feeling of thirst
- improves digestion and slows down the premature signs of ageing.
The bottom line
Hibiscus is a type of herb associated with many health benefits. It also has a delicious, tart flavor and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own kitchen. Several studies have indicated that hibiscus may aid weight loss, improve heart and liver health and even help fight bacteria.