6 Probable Side Effects Of Hibiscus Tea

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Hibiscus is a flowering plant from the mallow family, found in tropical climates around the world.

The flower, and sometimes its leaves, are dried out to use for tea. People have been drinking hibiscus tea for centuries for its beneficial properties.

But the flower doesn’t affect everyone the same way. In addition to the benefits, there are several risks to be aware of from hibiscus tea. What can be a benefit to some, is actually a risk for others.

People use hibiscus for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, to increase the production of breast milk, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

How Does It Work ?

The fruit acids in hibiscus may work like a laxative. Some researchers think that other chemicals in hibiscus might be able to lower blood pressure; reduce levels of sugar and fats in the blood; decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines, and uterus; reduce swelling; and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms.

Possible Side Effects:

Hibiscus tea taken in an appropriate amount is generally considered to be safe. It has been shown to have fewer side effects, which can be ignored.

Problems occur when hibiscus supplements or capsules are taken in a larger dose. This may cause stomach upset, gas, constipation, problems while urinating, headache, and tinnitus.

Here are some possible side effects of Hibiscus tea.

Lowering Our Blood Pressure.

Low blood pressure patients are strongly suggested not to drink hibiscus tea. Based on a study in Tufts University by Diane Mckay showed that blood pressure of people who consume hibiscus tea in a daily basis drop 7.2 points in their systolic blood pressure.

Meanwhile, people whose in their systolic reading have 129 blood pressure or higher show great response to that tea.

Hallucination Effect.

We should be aware in consuming hibiscus tea for the first time, especially when we are going to drive a vehicle since it might drive us sleepy which eventually will bring us to more serious and dangerous situation.

Hibiscus tea can decrease our focus and concentration. Since is has hallucinogenic effect, it makes many people feel light headed and intoxicated.

Can Result In Low Energy Production

Well, it’s simple. A study claims that hibiscus extracts act as natural starch and sucrose inhibitors, which are responsible for weight loss.

But before you start to think of hibiscus tea as your savior, you must note that starch and sucrose are also important for energy production in your body.

And a high intake of starch and sucrose inhibitors, such as hibiscus tea, can decrease the production of energy in your body.

Doesn’t Go Well With Diabetes Medication

If you are suffering from diabetes and are regular with your medication, then it is advised for you to not drink hibiscus tea as it in itself is a natural sucrose inhibitor.

Consuming along with your medication can further decrease your blood sugar level below its normal point.

Effects On Estrogen

Consuming hibiscus tea lowers estrogen levels, and those using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or taking birth control pills should avoid drinking the tea.

Pregnancy And Fertility

Research on estrogen, pregnancy and fertility performed indicate the estrogenic qualities of the tea may interfere with healthy reproductive activity and affect childbearing and female fertility.

Side effects from consuming hibiscus tea on fetuses are unclear.

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