Hibiscus (Latin name: Hibiscus sabdariffa)
The hibiscus belongs to a family of flowering plants with over 200 species native to tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Various species of Hibiscus are used in various parts of the world as a traditional tea. This is an excellent drink to be consumed in very hot climates.
Medicinal properties of Hibiscus:
The hibiscus has antioxidant properties, anti-hypertensives, diuretics and uricosuric (increases excretion of uric acid in the urine). Recent studies suggest that hibiscus could be effective against metabolic syndrome, particularly in lowering blood glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol. It was also demonstrated in studies, the hibiscus is effective in lowering blood pressure in adults and pre-moderate hypertension.
The hibiscus is used for many years in different countries around the world as a culinary and therapeutic resource. Previous studies have shown that a decoction of dried flowers of this plant has diuretic and hypotensive properties. It is believed that anthocyanins (red-colored flavonoids found in the aqueous extract of the plant) are a major group of compounds of this plant and could be the source of production of various bioactive compounds responsible for the properties antihypertensive of the plant.
Patients treated with the extract of hibiscus have shown an increase in urinary sodium excretion, without substantial modification and without any adverse effects or loss of other urinary electrolytes, including potassium. In studies, the hibiscus proves as effective as diuretics aldosterone antagonist like spironolactone, used in some cases of hypertension.
Hibiscus is also traditionally used to treat some liver problems and fever. The human and animal studies have shown that hibiscus inhibits the development of atherosclerosis and reduces triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. The authors of studies on this plant conclude that infusions of hibiscus tea can have a positive effect on the lipid profile of patients with diabetes.
Hibiscus is useful in cases of:
- Liver problem
- High Cholesterol
The hibiscus as a tea, hot or cold. From hibiscus is preparing an outstanding
and very popular tea. Infuse 2 tbsp. soup busy for 750 ml of water. If prepared
hot, steep 5 to 10 minutes.
If cold water, let steep for several hours (or overnight). Strain and drink 2-3 cups a day.
Cold hibiscus tea is excellent for hydrating the body and protects against heat in summer or in hot areas.
Be careful to consume only hibiscus sabdariffa tea, other types of hibiscus can be toxic.
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