Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants, while also helping in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.

Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling parts of the hibiscus plant, known by its scientific name Hibiscus sabdariffa, particularly the flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink throughout the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names, and it might be called by its other rather common name, “Roselle”.

Hibiscus tea is ruby red in color and has a sour taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a flavor similar to cranberry. It is widely available on the market throughout the tea-drinking world, and can be consumed hot or cold depending on your preference. This tea is low in calories and caffeine-free. This article discusses the various benefits of hibiscus tea which would help in keeping the human body healthy and fit.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Blood Pressure Management: A report from the AHA (American Heart Association) that was published in November of 2008 states that consuming hibiscus tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. A study conducted by Odigie IP suggests that it has anti-hypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial to people suffering from hypertension and those at high risks of carious cardiovascular diseases.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus tea can reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, according to research done at Tufts University in Boston. For this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. Also, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties that increase urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.

Lowering Cholesterol: Hibiscus tea also has impressive antioxidant properties. It helps to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart disease and protecting blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes. A research study conducted on patients with type II diabetes suggests that consumption of hibiscus sour tea lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this unpredictable disease.

Protects Liver: Research studies have also suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea may also help in treating liver disease. Antioxidants help to protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan by maintaining good overall health in many organ systems.

Anti-Cancer Properties: Hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that hibiscus slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties: Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It is an essential nutrient required by your body to boost and stimulate the activity of your immune system. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, it prevents you from catching the cold and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat discomfort caused by fever, due to its cooling effect.

Menstrual Pain: The health benefits of hibiscus tea also include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It helps in restoring hormone balance as well, which can reduce other symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.

Antidepressant Properties: Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals like flavonoids which have antidepressant properties. Consumption of hibiscus tea can help to calm down the nervous system, and it may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the body and mind.

Aids Digestion: Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It increases both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it is also used to treat constipation, which helps you lose weight and improve the health of your gastrointestinal system and avoid colorectal cancer.

Satiates Thirst: Hibiscus tea is also used in the same way as sports drinks in order to satiate thirst. For this purpose, an iced form of hibiscus tea is typically consumed. Many people include it in their diet since this variety of the tea has the ability to cool down the body very fast. Also, it is rich in medicinal properties, like being a diuretic, which flushes out excess fluids and toxins from the body and guarantees that you will perform at your best!

Weight Loss: Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you consume food that is rich in carbohydrates, that means that it contains sugar and starch, so you are likely to gain weight. However, research studies have suggested that hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose and may help with weight loss. Hibiscus inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, so drinking hibiscus tea prevents that absorption from occurring. Therefore, hibiscus tea is found in many weight loss products.

Good for Both Summer and Winter: You can drink hibiscus tea as either a hot tea or an iced tea. If you want to keep yourself warm in the winter, brew it and drink it straight away. It only takes few minutes to make. In case you do not want to drink it hot, perhaps in the summer, you have the option to drink hibiscus iced tea. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare it properly, and then you can cool yourself off in a healthy, refreshing way.

Great Taste: Hibiscus tea has a taste that is very similar to cranberry juice. It can definitely be described as tart, so you can add sugar or honey to increase the sweetness. Also, you can try adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger depending on your taste preferences.

hibiscusteainfoHibiscus Tea – Side effects

Although hibiscus tea is a health enhancer and a natural weight loss booster, there are some possible side effects you should be aware of.

Blood Pressure: The health benefits of hibiscus tea include lowering blood pressure (anti-hypertensive property). Therefore, it is not recommended for people that already have low blood pressure, a condition called hypotension. It may cause faintness, dizziness and can even damage the heart or brain if it is consumed by an individual with low blood pressure.

Pregnancy and Fertility: Hibiscus tea is not recommended for pregnant women, particularly due to its emmenagogue effects which may stimulate menstruation or blood flow in the uterus or pelvic region. For those undergoing hormonal treatments or taking birth control pills, it is recommended to consult your health specialist regarding any consumption of hibiscus tea, and let him give you a yes or no.

Hallucinatory Effect: Some people may feel intoxicated or experience hallucination when drinking hibiscus tea. Therefore, you should be somewhat cautious until you know how your body react to the tea. Don’t drive a car or try anything particularly dangerous until you know what its effects are on your system.

Allergy: Some people might develop allergic reactions such as itchy red eyes, sinus, or hay fever when consuming hibiscus tea.

Not many people are aware that almost 15-30% of hibiscus tea is composed of organic acids. These acids are malic acid, tartaric acid and citric acid. These acids are commonly found in many fruits such as grapes and wine. They help in boosting immunity, promoting better skin, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, managing inflammation, and improving digestive issues. Hibiscus tea has diuretic and choleretic effects, thus controlling blood viscosity by reducing blood pressure and enhancing digestion.

What do you think?

  • John Peter

    i do enjoy the tea .thank you . yeah its one of best health benefits

  • This is my first time of taking it, but I believe in Herb as a natural remedy for most of diseases , I started it last night , I plan to go for 30 day and see what happens to my body.

  • Vienna Parker

    I tried Hibiscus tea aka sobolo at a fair for the first time it cleared up my symptoms of an asthmatic attack I was likely to have on that afternoon. it worked faster than my inhale. I didn’t end up with a headache which I usually get after using inhaler. So, I brought a pack of leaves to make at home but today a friend warned me that it causes infertility . I am worried and concerned specially after reading some of the risks listed on the internet as I have already started drinking it though not daily but occasionally .

    Since, I am trying to conceive I desperately want to know if I can still use it. May be not daily but occasionally maybe just a cup once or twice a week or when needed will that also make it difficult to conceive? How much Hibiscus tea is safe to consume to avoid its major side effects like expanding veins, infertility and heart diseases. Please advise. Thanks

  • Alpha seeker

    I started taking two 400mg capsules in the morning. Should I take more throughout the day? I need to lose about 15 pounds of visceral fat. Will the hibiscus tea help?
    Great article by the way!

    • Damon Albarn

      If You want some serious “fat burner” then try Pu-erh tea aka red tea. Hibiscus is not meant for loosing fat tissue.

      • Big Lemon

        Pu-erh is not red tea tho. Pu-erh tea can be only found in South-West of China and should be confused with the cheap Indian red tea.

  • Suzan Hugen

    I suffer from chronic migraines and arthritis. I have been searching for a more natural way to relieve some of my symptoms. But most ads are just that, ads. I recently watched Dr. Oz and was shown both the good and bad of using certain teas. I can’t find oolong tea here but I am starting a tea with hibiscus, apple, cinnamon, etc. Thanks for the information. I will let you know if it helps.

    • Damon Albarn

      I think for arthritis You might take some higher doses of vitamin C. It is key substance for healthy joints. Hibiscus tea has some vitamin C but it’s rather preventive quantity. You should take some good liposomal vitamin C for better results.

  • Matt Taylor

    I do enjoy the tea, however I can’t help but wonder why the author chose to refer to a woman’s doctor in the pregnancy and fertility section as “him.” Hmm…

  • kamunrah

    Best tea. No side effects it helped me with weight loss as well as blood pressure. I drink 2 cups of 400ml a day.

  • This is all great. A question though: doesn’t it lose the vitamin C content in tea?? Vit. C doesn’t like hot temperature.

    • Damon Albarn

      Yes it cause vitamin C lose. You can use “vacuum brewing” technique to preserve most of vitamin C, as well as enzymes which are also temperature sensitive.

      • Thank you! I will look up ths vacuum brewing, never heard of it. Now I am on a cure of a herbal mix that contains hibiscus, so hopefully I will notice a difference.

      • Damon Albarn

        Well, You could also do it by so called “cold brew”. It isn’t necessary to use vacuum to do this, although normal “cold brew” require at least 12h to brew (even 20h in some cases). Vacuum brewing could be done within 30 minutes to 2-3 hours.

      • Thanks Damon. Now I see I would need some special equipment for vacuum brewing, which doesn’t work for my traveling life, so it will have to be cold brewing.

      • Kanika Kumar

        I add fresh lemon to the tea.

  • Anna Smith

    Hibiscus tea is the main ingredient in Mummy magic weight loss tea which I used to shed my post pregnancy weight. I have got rid of 35 pounds extra weight with the help of this mummy magic tea.

    • disqus_prtr5pt3aU

      ohhh, I wish I would of known that 3 years ago hahaha, i found this tea out when I bought this slim balance tea at the store

  • socalmarti

    I just made Jamaica but used stevia so it would still be good for you.

  • katkelly57

    Best place to buy this tea is at a Mexican/Latino tienda…always in stock, easy to make and cheaper than grocery/health food stores.

    Agua fresca is made from it as well…ask for Jamaica (ha-my-ca).
    The Klass brand has sweetened and unsweetened varieties.

    Time for me to make another pitcher…

  • Lil25

    I am 39 weeks pregnant and have been drinking hibiscus tea for two weeks. I drink several glasses per day, and baby is completely fine.

    • crystal

      That’s because you had already crossed the period considered as ‘unsafe’ which is basically the first 3months.
      As it is right now, you are almost due and if peradventure, baby decides to arrive now, he/she will be completely fine.
      It is not advisable to take it in your 1st trimester.

  • GeneJacket

    does anybody know any other teas that have weight loss and metabolism boosting properties?

    asking for a friend

    • crystal

      Green tea is perfect!
      But the person has to take it frequently probably up to 5 cups everyday. I’ll advise to encourage the process with some exercises for a quicker result.

      • Damon Albarn

        Green tea doesn’t directly cause weight loss though. It can boost metablism. The real fat burner is Pu-erh aha red tea. It can directly stimulate fat tissue and burn it.

  • Livy

    I have PKD so is it safe for me to drink as it sounds like it can help me tremendously with all the issues that come with it. I do want to loose weight so can anyone confirm they have.

  • Taiki

    The hibiscus flower shown together with the cup of hibiscus tea is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – this specie is NOT the variant used to make hibiscus beverages or products. The correct specie is Hibiscus sabdariffa – and calyxes from this flower specie is used and contains the health benefits outlined in this article.

  • tlhalefang mokoka

    i want to drink this tea but dont want to loose weight.. that my main concern

    • hotty198

      I dont think a small glass of tea is going to break you

  • blueskygal

    I was glad to learn of the health benefits of this tea. It is good for what ails me. Thanks for the article.

  • john nanos

    It is famous in many parts of the world as (karkadé) in Levant, Egypt, Sudan, Italy and Post-Soviet states

  • marco antonio

    I drink one liter of hibiscus tea every day, I sometimes replace it with green tea and others teas. I feel good, I never did not have side effects. The hibiscus tea that I drink is prepared a soup spoon of hibiscus flower.

  • aimakhalid

    Thankyou so very much for the information…
    I have a question btw.
    its been a few days since i started consuming one cup of hibiscus tea a day.
    I am kind of feeling real sleepy lately.
    might that be a result to its consumption?
    Reply Awaited.

  • MsCreative1

    Thanks for info!

  • MsCreative1

    Thanks for info!

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