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The Truth About Hibiscus Tea On Your Health

You may have taken a few sips of this tea or tried to make it your addiction for health purposes. However,you may want to put a reign on the word addiction because it means trouble and so here is the real truth behind this amazing hibiscus Tea.

Hibiscus Tea is made from Hibiscus Powder which is made from dried, ground sepals of the hibiscus plant. This finely ground, tart powder has a deep burgundy color of red. Hibiscus tea is naturally calorie and caffeine-free. It can be served hot or iced. Because it is naturally tart, sugar or honey is often added as a sweetener, adding calories and carbohydrates.
The part of the hibiscus plant that protects and supports the flower is called the calyx. The dried calyces are used to make hibiscus tea.

Other drinks made from the hibiscus plant include: red sorrel, agua de Jamaica, Lo-Shen, Sudan tea, sour tea

– A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in people at risk of high blood pressure and those with mildly high blood pressure.

– It also promotes heart health. This is attributed to compounds in hibiscus called anthocyanins, the same naturally occurring chemicals that give berries their color.

– However a 2013 review of studies reported that very high doses of hibiscus extract could potentially cause liver damage. The same review reported that hibiscus extract was shown to interact with hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) in animals and with acetaminophen in humans.

Individuals who drink herbal teas should let their doctors know, as some herbs have the potential to interact with medications.

– According to other sources, hibiscus consumption is not safe for people who take chloroquine, a medication for malaria. Hibiscus may decrease how well the medicine works in the body.

Hibiscus powder should indeed be consumed in moderation so that you can stay healthy and enjoy it’s benefits.
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