Hibiscus Tea has been known to prevent high blood pressure, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, maintain a healthy liver, aid in menstrual cramps, aid in depression, assist in digestion, and aid in weight control. Research studies also suggested the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea could aid with the treatment of liver diseases. Recent studies have also shown that extracts from hibiscus can help reduce cholesterol levels.
A study in 54 male football players found that eating hibiscus extract could decrease oxidative stress, an indicator of inflammation, in athletes. High Blood Pressure A 2010 study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that drinking hibiscus tea reduced blood pressure levels in individuals who were at risk for high blood pressure as well as in individuals who had moderately high blood pressure. A study at Tufts showed that consuming three cups of hibiscus tea per day dramatically lowers blood pressure in adults who are prehypertensive, more so than placebo, and lowered subjects systolic blood pressure six points compared to a control group. The same study, which measured insulin levels, also found that drinking hibiscus tea for four weeks reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol and increased HDL (good) cholesterol.
Another review of past studies on hibiscus tea found that drinking hibiscus tea reduced both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure on average, by 7.58 millimeters per square inch (mmHg) and 3.53 millimeters per square inch, respectively. In a smaller study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, scientists found that drinking one cup of the tea twice daily for one month reduced overall cholesterol levels -- including LDL cholesterol, A.K.A. Hibiscus tea helps to reduce levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, thus helping to prevent heart disease and protecting the vessels from damage. It is probable that hibiscus tea can also help lower high levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar, and help to maintain a healthy weight and prevent liver disease.
Because it has diuretic properties, it is also used for treating constipation and improving GI health, says the study published in IOSR Biotechnology & Biochemistry. In fact, hibiscus tea can also help in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level in diabetic patients, meaning that it may help in decreasing each of the symptoms of the metabolic syndrome cluster. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include its ability to manage high blood pressure and lower high blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, and promote healthy liver function. Benefits -- Helps lower blood pressure Drinking one to two cups of hibiscus flower tea each day helps lower your Bp, thus, your risk for high blood pressure.
If you are suffering from constipation, this wonder tea helps in regularizing bowel movements. Some studies show that Hibiscus Flower Tea has flavonoids which has an antidepressant effect, helping to lessen the symptoms of depression. Having hibiscus tea or extracts from the flower can dramatically reduce adult systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), which promotes heart health.
Cholesterol Research published in 2011 compares results from drinking hibiscus tea with black tea in terms of cholesterol levels. A study that compared hibiscus vs. black tea in individuals seeking support for healthy blood sugar levels was published in 2009.