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Health Benefits Of Hibiscus
Hibiscus is one powerful flower!
Erin Russell
06.22.17

Hibiscus is a flower that’s been revered the world over. Its medical applications were recorded more than 3,000 years ago as part of an Indian medical system called Ayurvedic medicine, which was one of the first systems of medicine of its kind. Aside from being a beverage, a beautiful flower and for some species a delicious vegetable, hibiscus has numerous beneficial attributes that can alleviate everything from graying hair to possibly even cancer. While by no means a miracle drug, hibiscus can add some pep to your step and keep you in a good mood throughout the day.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Saponins present in hibiscus have been shown to be able to be as effective as commonly prescribed blood pressure medication, while also being all natural. A 2009 University of Boston study found that the people with the highest blood pressure levels benefitted the most from hibiscus and can also help those with type 2 diabetes.

Soothes Menstrual Cramps

Women suffering from menstrual cramps can comfort their symptoms with a cup of hibiscus tea. The plant can help regulate menstrual cycles, but also may lower estrogen levels. Women on birth control should consider skipping hibiscus, and pregnant women should avoid it altogether.

Keeps You Cool

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Hibiscus, both hot and chilled, has been used to cool people down since the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt. The plant itself has a mild diuretic effect that works to bring your temperature down, and the flower also contains tannins that can locally reduce sweating. Hibiscus also works wonders when combating hot flashes as well.

Weight Management

Extract of hibiscus can lower the absorption of starch and glucose in the body, and can also slow down the body’s absorption of carbohydrates. Hibiscus’ slightly sweet and tart taste also make it an excellent replacement for soda and its diuretic effects help the body flush excess toxins and fluids from the body.

Powers Up Your Immune System

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One 100-gram serving of hibiscus tea has nearly a third of your daily recommended vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, which help protect you during cold and flu season. Furthermore, its ability to lower body temperature can also help combat fevers.

Cancer-Fighting Properties

In addition to the high concentration of antioxidants found in hibiscus, the medical journal Biochemical Pharmacology published a study in 2000, which suggested protocatechuic acid in hibiscus tea can inhibit cancer cell growth. Hibiscus can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent, additionally arresting tumor growth.

Improves Mood

Various compounds in hibiscus including flavonoids, anthocyanins, and anthocyanidins have been shown to have potential antidepressant effects. These compounds calm the nervous system and can reduce anxiety.

Promotes Hair Growth

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Shampooing with hibiscus leaves has been a traditional practice in Ayurveda medicine as a way to strengthen and add luster to hair, and a medical study published in 2003 shows that Hibiscus can also promote hair growth. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help stimulate the production of blood, so that nutrients can better reach hair follicles.

Hibiscus is a powerful flower that can benefit your body in many ways. The plants are a beautiful addition to any garden, and the extracts and teas made from hibiscus are a wonderful addition to your cabinets. Add Hibiscus to your repertoire today.

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By Erin Russell
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Erin Marissa Russell is a contributing writer at Shareably. She is based in Denton, TX, and can be reached at erin.russellgibsoncontent@gmail.com.
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