Anti-Fat Hibiscus

From the garden



The flowers of Hibiscus sabdariffa are yellow, radiant pink, and red. The leaves are bi-lobed and shaped like vases.

A 2019 study in Molecules says hibicus has potent activity against obesity. It also has a prebiotic effects according to a 2020 study in the Journal of Food Research.

The 2019 article says, “H. sabdariffa derived bioactive compounds are potent in the treatment of obesity with an evident reduction in body weight, inhibition of lipid accumulation and suppression of adipogenesis .”

According to the 2020 report, hibiscus “reduced weight increase in high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice, and improved glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and normalized LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio. It also enhanced the inflammatory state in the liver, reducing the expression of different adipokines and proinflammatory mediators, and reinforced gut integrity by increasing the expression of mucins and proteins involved in the maintenance of mucosal barrier. Moreover, HSE had a prebiotic effect, ameliorating the changes in the gut microbiota induced by the HFD. Thus, HSE improved the Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes ratio, which may contribute to the beneficial effects. Consequently, HSE could be considered for the development of a complementary treatment for the metabolic syndrome due to its beneficial properties. “

Making your own tea from hibiscus leaves is easy. You take a few and combine with lemon verbena and lemon grass for flavoring.

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