Hibiscus

Hibiscus, Hibiscus Tea, Sour Tea

Hibiscus Tea is prepared with the dry Hibiscus flower bud. The drink contains several antioxidant substances, like flavonoids and anthocyanins that are cardioprotective and vasodilator, they are also considered to be powerful cholesterol and blood pressure controlling agents.

Nutraceutic

  • Origin Plant Based
  • Source Itself
  • Type Vitamin, Mineral, Phytochemicals

Cardiovascular Health

The cardiovascular system is responsible for blood circulation, which has the function of transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. It consists of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular diseases are caused by changes in the blood lipid profile, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, genetic predisposition, overweight, stress, and others. The compounds that help cardiovascular health are those that normalize risk factors, such as cholesterol.
  • Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels which results from the heart pumping blood through the circulatory system. Like most aspects of the organism, this too needs to stay at a healthy range, for the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

    Triglycerides and cholesterol are both types of fat present in blood. They play very important roles in the body, such as hormone metabolism and nutrient circulation. In order for them to function properly, they need to be at optimum levels - not too high neither too low. The primary way to keep those good levels is to have a healthy diet, with lots of fiber and balanced fats. But there are some nutraceutics that have been proven to help in this process in a very effective way.
  • Age Range Teenagers (13-19), Adults (20-59), Seniors (>60)
  • Toxicity May be toxic in high doses
  • Side effects Drowsiness, Headaches, Nausea, Constipation, Dehydration
  • Warnings Diabetes Medication, Hypertension Medication, Anticoagulant Medication

Why be Careful

People with cardiovascular conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes who take controlled medication should avoid Hibiscus Tea, as the diuretic effect may cause excessive electrolyte elimination. Hibiscus Tea must not be consumed by pregnant women because it may lead to mutagenic actions and spontaneous miscarriages.

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