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Hibiscus and Your Health - Really?

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

Hibiscus is surprisingly healthy. It is included in Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfood in small amounts of around 15 mg per 10 gram serve.

Below is an article found in in Live A Little Longer. It is reproduced here in part only. We encourage you to read the fuller article in the link below. Hibiscus was suggested as an inclusion by our herbalist in Nepal, and upon research, it is a good choice. Anything that makes you look extremely young, and is reported to fight cancer, as is its repute in this part of the Himalayas gets considered.

Do not use our super superfood as a medical treatment and if you are ill, please consult a doctor. Also read through to the side affects below.

Hibiscus Tea Benefits also includes soothing Fever, Constipation, and Cold Cures

Since ancient times, hibiscus has been used in different cultures as a remedy for treating various conditions. For example, the Egyptians used the hibiscus tea of this flower for lowering the temperature of the body, treating nerve and heart diseases, and the best use was as a diuretic. Due to the cooling effects of hibiscus tea, fever can also be reduced. In other parts of the world such as Africa, parts of the plant (such as flowers) was used in the treatment of liver disease, symptoms of cold and constipation. Hibiscus flowers have been popularized as a healthy flower and also used as a medicine in menopause treatment. The pulp or juice made from these leaves can treat skin wounds. This is one of the most known hibiscus tea benefits around the world.

Hibiscus Benefits Lowers High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Levels

In recent times, this plant is becoming popular as an effective remedy for high blood pressure (or hypertension). Besides this, it reduces high cholesterol levels (A major reason for most heart attacks). The bioflavonoid compounds in the hibiscus tea can assist in the prevention of cholesterol; thus, resulting in a healthy heart. The regulation of blood pressure is done naturally and it is neither done by altering the potassium levels in the blood nor by modifying the balance in salt-water.

Hibiscus Tea Beneficial to Calm Hot Flashes

Hibiscus tea can be one of the best health drinks for women. Do you know why? Well, it contains all the essential antioxidants to fight against the aging signs and makes a woman look 5 times younger than her actual age. Besides this, it calms the hot flashes during menopause times. You might not understand this unless you have gone through it. Women, who have experienced this discomforting hormonal imbalance will know how vital it is to consume something that relaxes the annoying side effects of menopause. Moreover, benefits of hibiscus tea are highly effective for curing acne not only in women but also for men.

Hibiscus Has Active Flavonoids

The antibacterial properties of hibiscus flowers are said to be due to the presence of a rich amount of Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid). The immune system gets a boost. The presence of minerals and vitamins in the form of flavonoids can assist in calming down the nervous system, and your negative feelings such as depression and anxiety are also eliminated.  Some of the active flavonoids in hibiscus are sabdaretine, gossypetin, and hibiscetine.

Top 5 Side Effects Of Hibiscus Tea

Although the health benefits of hibiscus are more, they are not without side-effects. Here are a few important ones to make a note of:

  1. Hibiscus tea should not be consumed by pregnant or breast feeding women.

  2. It should not be taken by the women who are in medication for fertility treatments. The levels of estrogen in the body are reduced; menstruation is triggered and a miscarriage might be the result.

  3. Hibiscus tea and hibiscus supplements are not recommended for women who are taking birth control pills.

  4. Refrain from taking hibiscus tea and its supplements if you are under any hormonal treatment.

  5. Do not take hibiscus if you are suffering from low blood pressure. It might lower the levels more.

NOTE 1: that Hibiscus is only in Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfood Reds and is 5% by volume. Please factor that in, when consuming.

NOTE 2: While these above are amazing reports, our super superfoods do not include high volumes of hibiscus. If you are ill, please go to a physician. If on the other hand, you want good health by a cross selection of good nutrition, our super superfoods are available for you.

Here is more for you:

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