The Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Delicious hot or cold, hibiscus might be just the tea to start drinking every day. We break down what it is and some of its nutritional benefits.
What is hibiscus?
Hibiscus is a flower native to tropical regions of the world, and hibiscus tea is the infusion of sepals of the hibiscus flower (sepals are the part of a flower that supports the petals). The petals are typically a deep magenta colour, resulting in the tea also being a bright red-purple colour. It has a tart, floral and fruity flavour, which some consider reminiscent of cranberry.
What are the health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea?
- It’s rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals which harm the cells, and therefore antioxidants can help prevent chronic diseases.
- May help regulate and lower blood pressure. Several studies have been conducted and research shows that drinking hibiscus tea is a natural way of lowering blood pressure (for those not on specific diuretics) and can have a significant impact according to one study.
- May help prevent cancerous cells. Hibiscus is high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that are powerful antioxidants and can reverse damage to cells caused by aforementioned free radicals, and can be particularly effective in helping to prevent cancer.
Overall, not only does it have many health benefits, it is also packed with flavour and is generally just pleasant to drink. Have it hot in winter, or make into an iced tea with lemon slices and mint for a drink you’ll love in the warmer months.
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By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.