Rosella Hibiscus Sabdariffa Tea Lowering High Cholesterol

Rosella tea is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. Thus, it is believed to be able to reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol level and to improve our skin health.

For many years Hibiscus Tea has been drunk for a wide variety of health benefits and it is thought to contribute to lowering high cholesterol, aid weight loss, strengthen the immune system and help to prevent constipation.

According to a study performed by Shan Medical University’s Institute of Biochemistry in Taiwan, extract from the hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa) lowers both LDL cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. These results were published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Chau-Jong Wang and his colleagues suspect that the high antioxidant content contained in the hibiscus extract contributes to the lowered LDL levels noted in the experiment.

Does the news that hibiscus flower extract actually has some therapeutic value surprise scientists? Not really. Hibiscus flower extract has been used in many folk remedies for liver disorders and high blood pressure. However, this is the first piece of research that establishes the healthy benefits of consuming hibiscus flower extract.

(source: cholesterol.about.com/od/herbalmedicine)

Hibiscus sabdariffa L, which is grown in China, India and Taiwan is used as a traditional remedy to treat high blood pressure and liver disorders.

The researchers found it contains antioxidants that are known to reduce the dangerous build up of fats inside the arteries.

They carried out a study looking at the effects of hibiscus extract on low density lipoprotein, LDL or “bad” cholesterol in rats.

They found the hibiscus extract significantly reduced the build up of fatty deposits in arteries and blood cholesterol levels.

Dr Chau-Jong Wang, who led the research, said: “Experiments have shown that compounds extracted from red wine and tea reduce cholesterol and lipid build-up in the arteries of rats.

“This is the first study to show that Hibiscus extract has the same effect.”

He said the data strongly suggest that it could be useful in the prevention and even treatment of a number of cardiovascular diseases in which cholesterol plays a major role.

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, spokesperson at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Previous research has suggested that a variety of naturally occurring flavonoids – found in fruit, red wine and tea – have potent antioxidant properties that reduce oxidation of the harmful type of cholesterol, LDL.

“This research study claims that hibiscus flowers are particularly efficient at reducing cholesterol – we would be interested to see if long-term studies involving people produce similar results.”

But she added: “It is also important to stress that whatever the protective potential of hibiscus, our advice remains the same: regular physical activity and eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat are still the best ways to protect your heart health.”

(Source: bbc.co.uk)


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