Hibiscus is a family of flowering plants that are native to tropical and sub-tropical climates such as South America and the Carribean. Although there are hundreds of species of the Hibiscus Flower, one the most common ones for consumption is the Roselle flower. The leaves and the blossoms have been used for centuries for various different natural remedies as well as just simple culinary enjoyment. There are many healing benefits that come from the use of hibiscus.
HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS - Hibiscus is extremely high in antioxidants, including beneficial polyphenols. Antioxidants have been shown to help reduce the presence of harmful free radicals in the body and promote overall cellular health. Antioxidants can also help to ward off certain degenerative diseases, including cancer.
Lowers Cholesterol - Hibiscus used in proper amounts has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in adults over an extended period of time. Studies have concluded that Hibiscus leaves can lower LDL cholesterol levels if 1,000 milligrams are taken 3 times a day. This amount can be consumed through the fresh leaves and bulbs as a tea or through a product prepared from the extract of fresh elements of the plant.
Helps in Managing Blood Pressure Levels - Hibiscus can be used as an alternative to blood pressure medications. Hibiscus has been shown to have cardioprotective and anti-hypertensive properties which make hibiscus a viable, safe, and natural solution for lowering your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure it is advised to drink 3 cups of hibiscus tea per day.
Protects and Boosts your Immune System - Hibiscus contains high levels of vitamin C along with anti-bacterial properties. These elements combine to provide a strong foundation and boost to your immune in order to protect you from catching the flu or a cold. If you already have the flu, hibiscus can help fight your symptoms and provide you with needed relief acting as a natural source of hydration while your body fights off the virus. Any help that you can get for getting through a bad cold or flu should be utilized. If you need to protect yourself further when out and about with a cold, you may want to look at wearing a face mask to protect your immune system and protect others from further infection. Combining this all together may help you recover faster than if you did not take these precautions.
Supports Proper Digestion - Lastly, Hibiscus contains diuretic properties that support increased urination. This property also supports regular bowel movements and relief from constipation. Consumed regularly, hibiscus is known to keep the digestive tract functioning properly.