From faraway India, an amazing hibiscus plant reached us. Gorgeous large red flowers conquered not only gardeners: the taste of the drink from them was appreciated by tea lovers. Want to forget about the problems with high blood pressure, increase vitality, strengthen blood vessels and get a slim figure? Drink hibiscus! The benefits and harms of this drink will make you look at it in a new way.
Sacred flower that gives health
A bright red drink that tastes like sourish fruit compote is made from the flowers of a hibiscus plant. Petals are collected and dried, then packaged - and Hibiscus begins its journey through the world.
Sudanese rose belongs to the family Malvaceae. It is grown in all countries with a tropical climate. But this plant is especially honored in Egypt, where karkade is considered a national drink. Residents of Sudan also respect him, as they believe that the 5 petals of this flower symbolize the 5 commandments of Islam.
People use all parts of the plant. Cups involve in the kitchen - of them are preparing jelly, jam, cakes. Young shoots and leaves fall on the table as vegetables. But the amazing popularity of hibiscus acquired thanks to a tasty and healthy drink - karkade.
In our area, karkad is mistakenly called tea, although it is not at all. Correctly call it a decoction or infusion.
Delicious therapy: the benefits of karkade tea
According to the inhabitants of Arab countries, karkade is a cure for all diseases. Make a cup of such tea for yourself - and get a whole set of useful amino acids, vitamins, microelements, antioxidants, organic amino acids. And besides, you will be able to quench your thirst even on the hottest day and enjoy the pleasure of a pleasant taste and fresh aroma.
What are the beneficial properties of karkade drink?
- It has a positive effect on health and well-being, cleanses the body from harmful neoplasms (prevents the development of oncological diseases).
- It is a natural ally in solving the problem of jumping pressure. How does Harka tea affect AD? The benefits and harms of pressure depend on the form in which this drink is consumed. Cold tea will lower the pressure, and hot tea will increase. If the pressure is all right, then it is better to use this drink warm.
- Since karkad contains vitamin C, tea will effectively support immunity during the cold season, as well as help relieve stress, nervous tension, and restore strength.
- It will help bring down the temperature, so it is useful for them to give a sick person a fever.
- It has an antispasmodic effect.
- Drinking a drink made from hibiscus is a good way to normalize cholesterol.
- With the help of a glass of carcade, you can remove the hangover syndrome.
The most pleasant for women will be the fact that, using delicious tea, you can also get rid of excess weight. Having a diuretic effect, it removes excess fluid from the body. In parallel with this, fruit acids, which restrain in flowers, stimulate metabolism. All this contributes to weight loss.
To lose weight, you should drink karkade 3 weeks after meals three times a day. Then make a break for 10 days. If the desired result is not achieved, repeat the course.
Tea is useful for women with irregular, painful and too heavy menstruation. This drink has an analgesic effect and "pacifies" bleeding.
Tea is shown not only to ladies: it has long gained a reputation as a natural aphrodisiac. To avoid problems with potency, it is sometimes enough to use karkade tea. The benefits and harms for men will depend only on the amount of drink consumed.
Who is contraindicated to hibiscus tea and what harm can it bring?
Despite the abundance of useful properties, the "drink of the Pharaohs" is not for everyone. Who better to abstain from hibiscus compote? Contraindications to its use are such diseases and conditions:
- children up to 1 year;
- the last months of pregnancy;
- low pressure;
- gastritis, ulcer (localized in the stomach or duodenum). The ban on the use of karkade is due to the fact that it contains a lot of acids;
- urolithiasis, gallstones. Since tea has a diuretic effect, it can provoke colic;
- allergy. Those who suffer from it should drink this tea with caution for the first time;
- taking antitumor and antihypertensive drugs is better not to combine with the use of infusion, as this will increase the effect of drugs.
It is better to drink tea in the first half of the day, as it has a high tonic effect. If you drink it at night, it will be difficult to sleep.
But a person with good health in some cases can harm the Sudanese rose hibiscus. The benefits and harms of any product, including Rosella flower tea, can change dramatically if a person is too keen on using it. The optimal amount of tea you can drink per day with health benefits is 3 cups.
If this dose is exceeded, the pressure may drop to critical levels. Excessive consumption of tea can also result in constipation.
Karkade: the benefits and harm - reviews tea lovers
The main thing that karkade lovers in the reviews pay attention to is that iced tea, in addition to a pleasant taste, best copes with thirst. Therefore, many are happy to drink it in the summer with ice. They also confirm the ability of the carcade to reduce pressure.
Those who understand herbal teas recommend making karkade taste even brighter with the help of additives: lemon, ginger, peppermint, lime, lemon balm, honey.
But there are also negative reviews. They do not relate to the taste characteristics of tea, but are related to the individual intolerance of this product. In this case, it can cause a burning sensation in the stomach, diarrhea and headache.
How to choose the best karkade tea?
The highest quality karkade can be bought in the countries where it is produced: in Egypt, Sudan, in the Philippines, in Angola. However, if this is not possible, you can always find tea in our stores. From packaging karkade benefits and harm depend to a very large extent. It is sold in the form of powder, sachets and by weight (dried whole petals). The last option will be the best. As for the crushed petals, placed in sachets, the quality of such carcade is very doubtful.
Often manufacturers add dried algae and even finely chopped sawdust to the mixture. And when brewing tea acquired a characteristic color, use synthetic dyes. To obtain a recognizable taste of hibiscus flavors are used, identical to natural. The result is a drink that simulates red karkade tea. The benefits and harm of his correlate quite differently: it is useless at best, and at worst can even harm health.
The secret to making red tea
The easiest recipe for making hot tea is as follows: pour 1 tbsp of boiling water into 1 liter of boiling water. l karkade petals. Insist 10 minutes.
Cold karkade is prepared as follows: take 200 g of dried flowers, pour 8 tbsp. chilled boiled water. Insist the night. This method will allow you to save all the valuable substances contained in the flowers.
Brew karkade correctly and drink with pleasure - this drink will give you vigor and strength. The main thing is not to save. Brewing the petals several times will not work: with the first brew they will give all the benefits and color. However, do not rush to throw "brew". It is better to eat it - it will saturate your body with beneficial vitamin C.