Tea is good to drink both hot and iced. Herbal teas have been gaining ground in the tea-drinking arena because of the health benefits they have to offer. Hibiscus tea is right up there with the rest of the herbal teas.
Hibiscus tea is made from dried parts of the hibiscus plant. The tea is a deep red color and is both sweet and tart at the same time. Besides just tasting great, it is really good for the body. Here are 7+ health benefits of hibiscus tea.
1. Weight. According to Medical News Today, hibiscus tea may help consumers lose weight. It appears to lower body fat, weight and your body mass index. These studies were done using a concentrated extract from hibiscus.
2. Anxiety and depression. The tea appears to calm the central nervous system of those who drink it. Doctor’s Health Press shares that this calming effect appears to help ease anxiety and depression.
3. Cholesterol. For those who need help lowering their bad cholesterol, Medical News Today says that hibiscus tea won’t help. What it does do is it raises the good cholesterol which scrubs plaque out of the arteries.
4. Blood pressure. For those who have mildly high blood pressure, Doctor’s Health Press says you might get help from drinking three 8-ounce servings a day.
5. Liver. Healthline states that drinking hibiscus tea appears to promote liver health.
6. Antioxidants. This tea is a great source of vitamins A and C and the mineral zinc. According to Doctor’s Health Press, these are antioxidants that help your body fight free radicals. To get decent amounts, concentrated forms of the tea are necessary.
7. PMS. No woman likes to suffer with menstrual pain. Doctor’s Health Press says that it is thought to “restore hormones” to the right levels.
8. Calorie- and caffeine-free. One of the best things about hibiscus tea, says Medical News Today, is that it has no calories nor caffeine.
9. Cancer. Healthline shares that hibiscus extract shows promise in fighting cancer. Thus far the studies have only been conducted in test tubes, but it’s a start.
Whether you’re sitting inside, bundled up before a fire trying to stay warm or sweating bullets outside in the heat of summer, hibiscus tea makes an ideal drink.