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Hibiscus, karkadé tea

  1. When we drink rose hip tea, we usually taste the fresh tart taste of ... Hibiscus flowers and the bright red color of that tea is also due to the Hibiscus sabdariffa, which is usually mixed with our Rosehip or Rosa canina.

Hibiscus botanical

  1. The Hibiscus sabdarifia or Sida Sabdariffa is a Malvaceae, native to Central America, but later transferred to Java, Ceylon and tropical Africa. It is an annual to perennial plant, which can reach a height of 5 meters. Only the variety with red stems is mainly grown for the flowers. On the stem there are large, single leaves, bright green in color and with felt-like hair on the top. The flowers arise in the axils of the leaves and consist of 5 petals, three times larger than the sepals, which form a ring of small leaves. When the fruit has ripened, the petals and sepals have turned dark red and form the usual drying for tea.

Hibiscus traditional use

  1. In many regions this Hibiscus was cultivated for the textile industry. In Madras, the fiber is known as Roselle, Red Sorrel and was an important commodity there. They were also cultivated for that purpose in Jamaica.

Ingredients Hibiscus flowers

  1. Fruit acids 15-30% anthocyanins (red dyes) such as delphinidin 3-sambubioside, delphinidin, cyaniding 3-sambubioside 1.5% mucilage 15% vitamin C

For further study

  1. Herrera-Arellano A, et al. Effectiveness and tolerability of a standardized extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa in patients with mild to moderate hypertension a controlled and randomized clinical trial. Phytomedicine 2004; 11: 375-382. Cluzel J, Abbas a, et al., "Investigation of ocular healing and anti-inflammatory activities of Hibiscus sabdariffa in rabbits", Investigative ophthalmology visual science ", 43 (S2), 2002 Dafallah AA, al-Mustafa Z, "Investigation of the anti-inflammatory activity of Acacia nilotica and Hibiscus sabdariffa", American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1996; 24: 263-269 Frank T, Netzel et al., "Pharmacokinetics of Anthocyanidin-3-Glycosides Following Consumption of Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Extract", J Clin Pharmacol 2005; 45: 203-210 Hirunpanich V, Utaipat A, Morales NP, Bunyapraphatsara N, Sato H, Herunsale A, and Suthisisang C., “Hypocholesterolemic and antioxidant effects of aqueous extracts from the dried calyx of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. in hypercholesterolemic rats.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2006.16; 103 (2): 252-60 Tsai PJ, et al., "Anthocyanin and antioxidant capacity in Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) extract", Food Res Intern., 2002; 35: 351-356

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