Herbals teas such as hibiscus flower tea are well on the way to becoming way more popular than traditional tea, figures show. The sale of hibiscus flower tea has risen by as much as 10% in the past ten years, whereas the sale of traditional tea has decreased by a whopping third, according to research findings by market analyst Taylor Nelson Sofres. This fast increasing switch from drinking traditional tea may make the world a healthier place. hibiscus flower tea contains no caffeine, and on the whole can provide the drinker with many more benefits than traditional tea.
Hibiscus Flower Tea Prolong Your Life
Destructive free radicals occur as we age and spawn as a result of the ever present pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides in the environment. The antioxidants which are present in hibiscus destroy these free radicals slowing down the aging process and as several studies have found, prolonging life. So not only will it help prevent wrinkles, it will help the drinker save a fortune on would be expensive anti-aging creams and treatments! Thus making your life better.
Hibiscus Flower Tea Help You Lose Weight
Hibiscus contains an enzyme inhibitor called phaseolamin that blocks the production of amylase, which is the complex enzyme that converts starches into sugar. So the consumption of hibiscus, commonly used in cuisine as a beverage will help reduce the absorption by the body of carbohydrates and eventually lead to weight loss. In February 2014, research was published in the journal Food and Function, showing that obese people aged 18 to 65 who consumed hibiscus extract for 12 weeks had reduced body mass index (BMI), body weight and fat, and waist-to-hip ratio. If that wasn’t impressive enough, hibiscus extract also lowered serum free fatty acid, of which high levels are linked to uncontrolled diabetes and obesity.
Hibiscus Flower Tea Prevent and Treat Cancer
Scientists from Taiwan have found that drinking hibiscus flower tea, made from the calyxes, can inhibit and destroy melanoma cancer cells. Amazing right? Not only that but it actually absorbs dangerous ultra violet radiation rays. Melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer and is resilient to most forms of treatment including chemotherapy and the prevalence of the cancer has doubled in the last 20 years. Research has revealed that polyphenol-rich extracts of hibiscus prompted cell death in human gastric carcinoma cells. Hibiscus extract has also caused cell death in human leukaemia cells. The safety profile of hibiscus is outstanding, with no proven adverse effects.
Hibiscus Flower Tea Cure Common Ailments
Almost every part of the hibiscus plant can be used to treat various ailments. In Africa, the flowers have been used in the treatment of constipation, due to its natural gentle laxative effect, colds, flus and even liver disease. The pulp, which is made some grinding up the leaves can be used to treat minor wounds. Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, hibiscus has been used to lower body temperature, and is therefore an effective remedy for relieving high fever. Hibiscus can improve the health of both the bowels and bladder. Working as a gentle laxative it can effectively treat constipation. Furthermore, its antispasmodic effects have been shown to have a calming effect on digestion problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.