Also known as rose mallow, hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon, and tropical hibiscus.
Hibiscus is native to temperate regions, with tropical or subtropical climates, throughout the world. In ancient Egypt and Southeast Asia, it was cultivated for its ornamental flowers and edible fruits. It was then introduced to Europe in the 12th century by the Moors of Spain, and later to the Americas by settlers. In Hinduism, hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali, and in West Africa it is used to make bissap, a sweet and refreshing drink. Its name comes from the Greek hibiskos, which means marshmallow.
Metabolic problems and overweight
Hibiscus infusion accelerates metabolism – the assimilation of nutrients – and slightly decreases the absorption of starch and sucrose after a meal, which can encourage weight loss and minimize health problems related to being overweight. It helps to better balance the level of cholesterol and triglycerides, two risk factors for metabolic syndrome (a series of health problems caused by poor body metabolism). Hibiscus also helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and may help fight insulin resistance, a common sign of prediabetes. It also fights the accumulation of fat in liver cells and prevents non-alcoholic liver steatosis (excess fat in the liver unrelated to alcohol consumption).
Hibiscus reduces high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. It is therefore particularly useful for people with a “risky” lifestyle (diet, sedentary lifestyle, pollution, etc.).
Infusion: 1 small handful of fresh or dried flowers per cup of water. Infuse for 10 minutes and drink between 3 and 5 cups a day.
Contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women and people with low blood pressure. It is recommended for people with diabetes or other metabolic problems to seek professional advice before starting any treatment that may interfere with their medication. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.