Written By Admin
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Known by the name hibiscus sabdariffa, this flower is used for centuries in many cultural practices due to its numerous health benefits. It belongs to the family Malvaceaae which also include: okra, cotton and cocoa. Hibiscus grows naturally in areas with warm climates but you can find it throughout the world.
Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink and is often used as a medicinal drink. Sour taste and ruby-red color is the trademark of this tea.
The popularity of this flower as a healthy and tasty tea is widening, because every day we learn about the new and emerging health benefits, and recently revealed its ability to melt excess weight.
Scientific study – Hibiscus and weight loss
In 2014 magazine Food & Function announced the results of a clinical research study done on obese people who were aged between 18 to 65 years. This 12-week study was conducted in Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan.
Before and after the study, certain parameters were taken for analysis, including: the percentage of body fat, waist circumference, serum lipase, blood sugar and waist to hips ratio.
During the study the individuals were divided in two groups: First group had to consume 3 tablets hibiscus extract per day, and the second one 3 sugar tablets per day.
After analyzing the post-study parameters, researchers discovered that the participants who took the hibiscus extract had reduced their waist circumference, body fat percentage, and waste-to-hip ratio during the course of the study. Although weight loss was moderate, the results were encouraging.
The final results confirmed that hibiscus can reduce weight. If you do not like hibiscus tea, you can consume tablets.
Health benefits of hibiscus:
Regulation of blood pressure
Protection of the liver
Anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
Alleviation of menstrual pain
Reduce anxiety and depression
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, hibiscus can help many health problems. In its composition also has protocaechuic acid, which has anti-cancer properties as well as vitamin C, flavonoids and diuretic properties.
Comments from users:
Hibiscus can be found in various forms in the marketplace. Users have confirmed that by incorporating hibiscus into their daily routine, they have been able to lower and stabilize their blood pressure, manage weight and have steady weight loss, lower their fasting glucose level, lower levels of bad cholesterol, and feel better overall.
Hibiscus is safe for daily consumption, however, there should be a caution for use during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or have any medical condition, it is best to seek advice from a doctor.