Hibiscus

Known to scientists by its botanical name, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, you may have heard hibiscus referred to as karkade, red tea, red sorrel, jamaican sorrel, rosella, soborado, sour tea and several other names when prepared for consumption. Though there are many colors of the hibiscus flower, they typically are found in red or yellow, drawing its viewers in with a deep colored center and a protruding yellow style. Though hibiscus is native to Africa and China, most modern hibiscus comes from Mexico or Jamaica, as both have the infrastructure and climate to cultivate and distribute this natural medicinal flower.

Usually hibiscus is consumed in its dried form as a tea. Hibiscus tea has a tart flavor similar to cranberry in taste and color. The tea can be made smoother and sweeter with the addition of honey, stevia or pure cane sugar. Frequently served hot with a touch of ginger, hibiscus tea is also consumed chilled over ice in many cultures including Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia.

Not only is hibiscus consumed for its taste, but also for its health benefits. Ranked as the beverage with the highest content of antioxidants, hibiscus tea has been revealed as one of the top defenders against oxidative cellular stress. Containing vitamins A, B, and C,  as well as minerals including copper and zinc, hibiscus has been shown to benefit several health systems and biological cycles. Some specific health benefits of hibiscus consumption include the regulation of blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as the stabilization and prevention of diabetes.

Like most plants, if you have the resources and ability, it is best to grow your own hibiscus or buy locally at your neighborhood farmers market or produce stand. You will find a link below guiding you through the processes of growing hibiscus.

Resources and Further Reading

“Everything you need to know to care for your Hibiscus plant”: http://bit.ly/2DCIbUg

2014 study out of india discovering that hibiscus holds phytochemicals that contain the ability to restore insulin sensitivity in cells: http://bit.ly/2Fqm2oz

2009 study concluding “The results of the present study showed that ST (Hibiscus Tea) has a significant effect on blood lipid profile in patients with diabetes.” : http://bit.ly/2Fl69Qr

Hibiscus Facts and nutritional value: http://bit.ly/1Ja8jgS

Top Antioxidant containing drinks: http://bit.ly/2C4uc3V

Review from Drugs.com: http://bit.ly/2nJEwKl

Botanical description: http://bit.ly/2nJDazs

Further Benefits: http://bit.ly/28Y0M9

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