– Roselle is a species of Hibiscus native to West Africa, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion, in which it may be known as carcade.
-It is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing to 2–2.5 m (7–8 ft) tall
Hibiscus sabdariffa ( chin. : 洛神花 )
– hibiscus tea has been consumed as a soothing evening tea for centuries in Egypt and elsewhere in the Near East.
– It probably first made a splash in the prettily-packaged US tea market as an ingredient in Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger tea back in the 1970s.
– The edible parts used to make “juice” or tea (actually, an infusion) look like reddish dried-up buds. In fact, they’re not flowers but calyces.
– It’s the calyx, the red, fleshy covering enclosing the flower’s seed pod, which is used for flavoring, cooking and food coloring.
– The flower of this variety of sabdariffa is yellow, white or light pink.
– Roselle(Hibiscus) has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic and mild laxative, as well as in treating cancer and cardiac and nerve diseases.
– is high in calcium, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C and iron,
– Thirst Hibiscus tea can be drunk hot or cold. As iced tea, the infusion is known to satiate thirst quite effectively.
– It is often recommended as an alternative to artificially made commercial “sport drinks” that are marketed to physically active individuals.
– Hibiscus tea’s ability to cool the body is well documented by cultures that include it in their diet or medicinal practices.
– This benefit is probably associated with the diuretic properties of hibiscus, a property that helps in the excretion of excess fluids from the body.
– High Blood Pressure -Hibiscus is an antioxidant. It has properties that prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins; a substance in our blood that if increased beyond normal quantities may cause high blood pressure.
Weight Loss Some tea drinkers use hibiscus tea to aid in weight loss.
– The body produces an enzyme known as amylase which functions to break down complex sugar and starch molecules in food. According to pubmed.gov, hibiscus contains a substance that can inhibit the production of amylase.
– regularly drinking hibiscus tea can thus prevent too much absorption of carbohydrates and consequently not gain excess weight.
– Cough and Colds -hibiscus is known to have anti-inflammatory and mild anti-bacterial properties. Thus hibiscus tea is often used as a supplement to help treat coughs and colds.
– Because of its cooling effect, it is especially effective in reducing the discomfort of fevers that may accompany such ailments.
– Nutrition Besides containing a significant amount of ascorbic acid, hibiscus is made of the following nutritional substances: 1.145 g of protein, 2.61 g of fat, 12.0 g of fiber, 1,263 mg of calcium, 273.2 mg of phosphorus, 8.98 mg of iron, 0.029 mg of carotene, 0.117 mg of thiamine, 0.277 mg of riboflavin and 3.765 m of niacin.
– Given all this, it can be said that hibiscus tea can serve as an excellent food supplement and an aid to boost the body’s immune system.
– Thanks to the calcium that Hibiscus flower contains, drinkers of this delicious tea are more likely to have stronger bones and stronger teeth than non-drinkers.
– In addition to that, it reduces tingling in the hands and feet, as well as numbness.
– As noted by various studies, high doses of Vitamin C rich Roselle juices helps your body to fight caner when combined with chemotherapy drugs.
– In addition to that, unlike drugs, it does not cause good cells to self-destruct and only targets cancerous cells specifically.
– is known to help you to breathe easier and significantly decreases bronchoconstriction, or narrowing of the airways
– Studies have shown that the consumption of foods / drinks rich in calcium decrease the chance of retardation in children.
– Not only that, but it will also improve your overall nerve function and as you might know,
– it decrease the alcohol absorption rate, and lessens alcohol’s effect on the system.