Hibiscus tea contains caffeine if it is blended into coffee, or brewed together with another beverage containing caffeine such as chocolate or an energy drink. Some people believe that hibiscus tea can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, scientific studies are inconclusive about whether hibiscus tea is effective as a treatment for any health condition.
In addition to being packed with antioxidants, hibiscus tea contains vitamins A and C. These vitamins are known to boost your immune system and help fight off colds, flu and other illnesses. Hibiscus tea may also increase your body temperature if taken too frequently.
Does hibiscus tea have caffeine?
No, hibiscus plants do not contain any caffeine (Caffeine-Free); they produce no tea leaves at all. However, infusing dried hibiscuses does produce a caffeine-free beverage. In fact, it’s almost identical to a classic green tea drink.
How Much Caffeine is in Hibiscus Tea?
- Caffeine Amount: 0 mg
- Caffeine strength: Caffeine-Free
- Calories: 0 kcal
- Serving size: a cup
What is Hibiscus Tea?
Hibiscus tea is made from the flowers of the Hibiscus sabdariffa (Malvaceae). These flowers are used to make both herbal tea and wine. It can also be used to make jam. In India, it is also known as Malabar Rose Tea. A hibiscus flower contains both red and white parts. When these flowers are steeped in hot water, they produce a drink called hibiscus tea.
What Are The Hibiscus Tea Side Effects?
Of all herbal drinks, hibiscus tea has the highest level of antioxidants. These help to repair damaged cells (I go into detail about these in an article I wrote about how tea can help boost longevity). In one study using hibiscus extract on rats, their antioxidants increased, and the adverse effects of free radicals were decreased by up to 92%. Also, the hibiscus is rich in anthocyanins, which is why it turns berry-red when it oxidizes. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that are also found in berries. They have been linked to helping reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lowers Blood Pressure (Benefits & Risks)
Studies on Hibiscus Tea and Blood Pressure are the only ones done with humans. Although all the results show that this plant can lower high blood pressure, you don’t want to take any risks if your blood pressure is already low. Avoid hibiscus if you’re currently taking antihypertensive medications, as you may experience potentially harmful side effects.
A study found that hibiscus tea lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. Although not much research has been done, hibiscus may help lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. This study’s findings indicate that regular hibiscus consumption can significantly improve blood lipid profiles, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes.
How much hibiscus tea can one drink?
If you are not at risk healthwise by drinking hibiscus, it’s best not to overdose on it. There still isn’t enough research on hibiscus, so limiting your consumption to 2-3 cups per day is recommended.