Antioxidant Rich Tropical Winter Beverage
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Drinking fresh, hot herbal teas during blistery winter months offers a host of benefits. It warms your body and excites taste buds while increasing hydration and replenishing important nutrients. A popular ingredient in herbal tea blends, the vitamin C loaded Hibiscus packs a punch to dry winter ailments with antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
Hibiscus teas are commonly used around the world. Recent studies show hibiscus may help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, help manage weight and act as a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. One recent study explored the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea on people. Researchers found that antioxidant levels drop throughout the day, but hibiscus tea causes that level to spike within an hour of consumption. The spike is short-lived, but significant nonetheless.
In another study, an international team of researchers compared the antioxidant content of 3,139 foods, including hundreds of beverages. Hibiscus tea, ranked high on the chart as one of the richest in antioxidants. A healthy alternative to sugary fruit juices and sodas, hibiscus tea is sour, but it’s easy to sweeten up with Stevia, and give yourself a tropical treat during winter months.
Soak a handful of bulk, dried organic hibiscus flowers overnight and then blend with
1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of amla (packed with properties that aid skin, immune function, digestion and more)
1 handful of fresh mint leaves to make a half-gallon
Sweeten to taste with your favorite Stevia. This kid-friendly (it tastes like fruit punch) recipe may be one of the highest antioxidant beverages in the world.