The hibiscus flower looks beautiful, but it has more attributes than just its appearance. Whilst relatively unknown in the UK, hibiscus tea is popular in many countries around the world, from Mexico to Egypt, not only for its cranberry like taste but also because of links to weight loss. Following a study published late last year, scientists believe they may have unlocked the flowers belly busting secrets…
In 2014 scientists backed up anecdotal claims that hibiscus could help with weight loss through a study that showed people using hibiscus extracts reduced their body weight, BMI, body fat and the waist-to-hip ratio compared to those in a control group.
The more recent study by a separate group of researchers has helped corroborate these findings by identifying the natural chemicals found in hibiscus extracts that may be behind the flower’s weight loss benefits. By comparing two different kinds of hibiscus flower, both of which showed weight loss properties, they were able to determine that three kinds of organic acids found in the flowers appear responsible for its weight loss benefits.
Whilst further research may be needed to convince sceptics, irrespective of these findings, hibiscus tea offers a tasty and healthy alternative to sugary drinks.
How to enjoy hibiscus tea in the UK
Natur Boutique’s hibiscus tea is one of the only organic versions of the drink available. Using hibiscus from the fertile lowlands of Vietnam, where the climate produces flavoursome flowers grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, means a fuller, purer flavour is achieved, which results in a better taste for you and a better future for the planet.
Unlike many other ‘hibiscus’ teas on the market, Natur Boutique’s is a single ingredient blend and doesn’t dilute the dried flower extract with any other ingredients, resulting in a finished product of unsurpassable quality, with a milder and sweeter taste than other mixed blends.
Please note: DO NOT USE if pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or suffering with low blood pressure.
Holistic Scotland Magazine also loves Yogi Tea’s Cranberry & Hibiscus Positive Energy Blend.