Gumamela tea for weight loss
The gumamela, or hibiscus as it is more commonly known in other parts of the world, is not just a pretty flower.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development said the gumamela also has a lot of health benefits. IFAD said tea made from gumamela flowers can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, boost the immune system, and even help in weight loss.
In the IFAD’s agricultural value chains support project in Senegal, the hibiscus was one of the crops included in the program, with the IFAD putting in place a financing scheme for inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, small tools, and extension services.
The IFAD said hibiscus yields improved by 225 percent in the past five years, with yields increasing to 650 kilograms per hectare from just 200 kilograms per hectare.
The website ehow.com says hibiscus tea is sweet and tart and is comparable to the taste of cranberries.
Here are some links on how to make your own hibiscus tea from fresh flowers:
Citing Purdue University’s Center for New Crops and Plant Products, livestrong.com said hibiscus tea reduces blood viscosity that suggests a reduction in cholesterol levels.
Livestrong.com says hibiscus tea helps maintain a healthy heart because it has flavonoids and anthocyanins. In some countries, hibiscus tea has been used traditionally to treat coughs.
If you find hibiscus tea too tart, you can always sweeten it with honey or sugar. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)