A new research review, by the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) has revealed that two to three cups of Hibiscus infusion a day could help lower blood pressure and boost our heart health.
We are used to hearing of the cardiovascular benefits provided by berries, oily fish and walnuts (to name just a few), however, this tart-tasting infusion needs to be on your heart health radar too, and pronto! So, how does Hibiscus tea help our hearts?
The exciting new study, led by medical herbalist Dr. Chris Etheridge, found that regularly sipping of Hibiscus infusion can lead to an overall blood pressure reduction of 7.58 mmHg for systolic blood pressure and 3.53 mmHg for diastolic blood pressure.
Confused? Dr Chris Etheridge explains: ‘To put these findings in context, a blood pressure reduction of 10 mmHg systolic or 5 mmHg diastolic is associated with a potential 22% average reduction in heart attacks and a 41% potential average reduction in strokes. It’s amazing to discover that simply drinking Hibiscus tea a few times a day may provide similar levels of benefit.”
There is also evidence to suggest that Hibiscus infusion could help improve blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, inflammation, and blood glucose control.
Dr. Carrie Ruxton, from the Tea Advisory Panel, says that Hibiscus contains a class of polyphenols called anthocyanins, which are important for protecting our body’s cells from free radical damage.
In layman’s terms, free radicals can contribute to a whole host of health problems, not to mention affecting your skin tone, eyesight, and risk of chronic health conditions
There are also a bunch of other benefits to this pink infusion…
1. It could stop you from snacking…
Craving a biscuit, every day at 3 pm? Us Brits consume more than 13 teaspoons of sugar every day, on average, and with sugar being a contributor towards a number of potentially life-threatening health issues, curbing that sweet tooth can only be a good thing.
Next time your appetite turns towards the sugary treats, reach for a mug of hot hibiscus infusion or a glass of iced hibiscus.
2. Might offer an immunity boost…
Hibiscus is filled with vitamin C, and if this year’s global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that dosing up on vitamins is crucial to ensure we can stave off illness.
3. Could boost vitamin B12 levels
This energy-boosting vitamin is often lacking in vegan or vegetarian diets, however, research conducted on patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and neurological symptoms who were given a combination of hydroxocobalamin (a supplement used to treat B12 deficiency) and hibiscus infusion, found that vitamin injections were no longer required to normalise their B12 status. Ongoing work is now needed to further determine whether Hibiscus infusion could improve the bioavailability of nutrients.

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