Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea which comes from the red calyxes of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower. A calyx or sepal is the part of the plant that looks like a leaf stemming out of the stem. It acts as protection and support during growth. Hibiscus has a hint of cranberry taste and can be enjoyed with hot or cold infusion. Hibiscus has a rather strong bitter taste to it and can be enjoyed with baked goods.
Hibiscus tea also has roughly 18.5mg of vitamin c per 100g of tea(an entire container). The daily recommended dosage for an adult is anywhere between 65mg-90mg. As much of a benefit vitamin c is to the body, hibiscus has negligible counts. Furthermore, vitamin c is not as magical as some make it out to be. In terms of cold and flu fighting, vitamin c has been proven to be insignificant. Click here to learn more about vitamin c.
The good news for hibiscus fans is that hibiscus does help with hypertension and diebetes. Studies have shown hibiscus can lower blood pressure. It was shown to reduce blood pressure with no scientific significance. In English, it does lower blood pressure but not significantly. It is not a remedy for high blood pressure, but if you do enjoy a cup of hibiscus and have high blood pressure, it’s heartwarming knowing that your cup is at least helping. Please be aware that high doses can be hepatoxic(damaging to the liver).