Hibiscus Tea: benefits and harms "royal" drink

September 10, 2014

 Hibiscus tea benefits
 By the standard set of "tea or coffee" in recent years, more and more are added to other drinks - a rare, but they are not less welcome. Among these drinks tea Hibiscus. Benefits and harms of rich red rose tea from Sudan's interesting not only to fans of the drink but also a scientist. The research results enable us to determine to whom, when and how you can pamper yourself with beautiful and delicious tea.


What Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea is often called. This is not entirely true, as the tea bush to this drink is irrelevant. Properly called the infusion of hibiscus tea drink that is made from the dried petals of hibiscus flowers.

Hibiscus is also known as the Sudanese rose - is a beautiful plant with large red flowers, fleshy petals which have a delicate aroma and a pleasant sweet-sour taste. Hibiscus flowers are used not only for the preparation of hibiscus, but also in the confectionery industry, to flavor jams, jams, jellies.

Hibiscus is considered the national drink of Egypt.

Do not disdain this tea in other states. In Arab countries, Hibiscus is considered a medicinal plant, which is used to treat a variety of ailments. Relates to beverages with reverence, calling him a "royal" or "drink of the Pharaohs."


Lots of flavor, the maximum benefit

Brew Hibiscus is easy - you can use for this purpose as a dry tea leaves and filter bags with dried flowers. The main thing - to choose the right dishes. Contact with metal worsen the properties of the drink, so for brewing, use only a glass, porcelain, ceramic ware.

The beverage is good in itself, without any additions, but it is possible to improve its taste by spices. For example, many people like to drink hibiscus tea with sugar or honey, lemon or mint Mint and its useful properties: aromatic freshness  Mint and its useful properties: aromatic freshness
 . If the drink is served hot, a good addition to it will spice - cinnamon, cloves, ginger Ginger and the most unexpected, but pleasant useful properties  Ginger and the most unexpected, but pleasant useful properties
   (dried or fresh grated).

Infusion Hibiscus can be added in various fruit drinks, jellies, syrups and jams - hibiscus petals give desserts a pleasant aroma and attractive color. Sour taste of infusion will make less cloying sweetness and allow to diversify the usual menu.


Use infusion of hibiscus

Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants, which have a rejuvenating effect. Antioxidants protect the body from the so-called "free radicals" and thus allow to maintain the beauty and health.

Gives infusion of hibiscus bright red hue anthocyanins help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, reduce the permeability of capillaries, are struggling with their fragility. Citric acid, which is also found in abundance in Hibiscus, strengthens the body and increases its resistance to infection. And linoleic acid helps fight fat deposits and helps dissolve cholesterol plaques.

Useful properties of tea Hibiscus that are not limited to: a drink made from hibiscus flowers Hibiscus: Sudanese rose  Hibiscus: Sudanese rose
   can be used as a diuretic and antispasmodic, it helps to bring down the heat and cope with the consequences of severe stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis
 . Regular consumption of tea Hibiscus improves brain activity and allows you to fight fatigue. In addition, hibiscus has beneficial effects on the urogenital area, it is indispensable for the treatment and prevention of various diseases related to male health.

Drunk on an empty stomach, drink helps combat parasitic diseases. Just this tool has proved itself in combat hangover: a cup or two of Hibiscus helps the body cope with the consequences of abundant libations, get rid of the decay products of alcohol and improve the general condition.

Brewed hibiscus flowers can also be eaten. Scarlet petals contain large amounts of pectin - a soluble fiber, which is like a sponge cleans the inside of the digestive organs, helping to get rid of accumulated toxins. For this reason, Hibiscus recommended for those who restrict themselves in food, getting rid of the extra kilos. In the process of weight loss occurs as a result of intoxication of fat breakdown and Hibiscus helps naturally remove decay products.


Harm Hibiscus

Hibiscus rarely causes allergies, but the idiosyncrasy of the product still occur. In addition, do not drink the infusion of hibiscus flowers during exacerbations of gallstone and kidney disease. Due to the high acid content of the beverage is not recommended for gastritis with high acidity, as well as peptic ulcer disease.

It is believed that the hot hibiscus tea improves blood pressure, while a cold drink lowers it.

Thus, someone better to eat hot drink, and someone better to drink hibiscus tea with ice. Those who have normal pressure, the drink you can drink any temperature without fear for their health.


Methods of preparation

Brew Hibiscus in several ways, which can be divided into "hot" and "cold." In the first case, for infusion using boiling water, the second - cold boiled water. The original Egyptian recipe is a cross between the two options: first, hibiscus petals soaked in cold water for a few hours, and then the infusion brought to a boil over low heat and boil for 3-4 minutes. Ready drink filter and drink hot or cold.

There are no clear rules and proportions of the beverage. On average, one cup normally take ten to fifteen flowers. If the beverage is preparing cold way, then it is better to take a little more preparation welding. If the flowers are brewed with boiling water, it will be enough to 10 grams of "roses" in the cup.

Experts argue that the most useful "cold" cooking method, in which the flowers are infused in cold water for 6-10 hours. This allows you to keep all the vitamins that are destroyed during cooking.

Regardless of how it is preparing an infusion of hibiscus flowers soaked recommended to eat. The petals contain many nutrients and dispose of inflorescence - an unaffordable extravagance.

Maria Bykov

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