In the world of showy tropical flowers, hibiscus are some of the showiest. They come in nearly every color of the rainbow and beckon your admiration with their big petals and statuesque stamens. And they make a mighty fine tea.
In addition to its beloved tangy, sweet flavor hibiscus tea has an impressive resume of heart health benefits. Since February is American Heart Month, we’re putting hibiscus tea in this month’s blog spotlight.
Antioxidants: As if you couldn’t tell by the deep color, hibiscus is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and anthocyanin. Antioxidants can help protect the heart and blood vessels (and other parts of your body) from damage caused by free radicals.
Lowering blood pressure: Hibiscus tea has been shown to help slightly lower blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure. But it should never be used to replace medications for those who’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Reducing cholesterol levels: Some clinical studies have shown hibiscus lowers cholesterol levels, others have shown little effect. So, again, don’t expect hibiscus tea to replace necessary medication.
It is important to note that while hibiscus tea may have these potential heart health benefits, it should not be used as a substitute for established treatments or lifestyle changes recommended by a healthcare provider. Just consider these benefits a heart-healthy bonus while you sip your favorite tea.
Which China Mist hibiscus tea is your favorite?
Savor the perfect balance of tart hibiscus with the earthy, spicy kick of ginger. This vibrant herbal tea perfectly blends the sharp flavor of ginger with the tangy, fruity notes of hibiscus for a truly tantalizing hot tea.
China Mist Naturally Flavored Berry Hibiscus Herbal tea captures the rich sweetness of berries and the unmistakably fragrant hint of hibiscus in an aromatic herbal tea, with no artificial flavors or additives.
The bright red hue of this herbal blend invites you to savor the flavor of tart hibiscus flowers, sweet strawberry leaves and intense, fruity raspberries. Naturally caffeine-free, this vibrant iced tea is sure to make you smile.