About the hibiscus plant that emerged in Southeast Asia and North Africa and continues to grow in many places, Beykent University School of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Res. See. Eda Balcı told the unknown. Stating that tea obtained from hibiscus is extremely beneficial for health with its antioxidant feature, Balcı shared the tricks of correct brewing.
Pointing out that people’s interest in foods with medicinal properties has increased considerably, Balcı said, “Hibiskus, which is bright red in color and very tasty, is one of these foods. In general, hibiscus is used as a colorant and flavoring agent in cold or hot drinks, marmalade, jam, pudding and ice cream production.
Reminding that the effects of Hibuskus tea on human health have been revealed by many studies, Balcı said, “As it can be understood from its color, it is one of the teas with high antioxidant properties. Unlike some other teas, it does not contain caffeine.
Dietitian Eda Balcı listed the benefits of hibiscus tea in 6 items:
“It regulates blood pressure. It raises HDL cholesterol, which is called good cholesterol. It lowers LDL cholesterol, which is called bad cholesterol. Regular consumption of hibiscus tea ensures these effects. At the same time, the “bioflavonoids” in its content prevent plaque accumulation on the arterial wall.
“Due to its antioxidant properties and high vitamin C content, it strengthens the immune system and increases resistance to diseases. It is especially effective in the treatment of diseases such as colds, flu and colds.”
“By supporting the healthy functioning of the digestive system, it is effective in the treatment of swelling caused by intestinal gases and indigestion, and in constipation problems.”
“By slowing carbohydrate absorption, it balances blood sugar. Thanks to this feature, hibiscus tea facilitates weight loss in weight loss goals.”
“Thanks to the flavonoids in its structure, it shows antidepressant properties. It provides mental and physical calming.”
“According to a study with hibiscus tea, it has been proven to slow the proliferation of cancer cells.”
Balcı said, “It is very important to brew herbal teas correctly,” and listed the tricks in brewing hibiscus tea as follows:
“1 teaspoon of Hibiscus is added to 1 glass of boiled hot water and infused for 5 minutes. Cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange or lemon slices can be added to add flavor. It can be consumed not exceeding 2 cups a day. Excessive consumption can cause toxic effects. Pregnant women are not recommended to drink hibiscus tea. Breastfeeding women should definitely consume it in consultation with the doctor.