Robust, refreshing, and restorative, hibiscus sabdariffa (the roselle) is gaining popularity for its many health benefits as researchers understand more of its great. The roselle plant, or hibiscus sabdariffa, is a shrub that was probably native to the region from West Africa to Sudan, but is now grown in many tropical countries.
Known as luoshen hua (洛神花) in Chinese, the roselle plant has many uses today. Its leaves, seeds and roots are cooked in traditional dishes across Asia and Africa, while its calyces are used to make red food colouring, james, juices and craft beverages. When dried, the roselle flower can be eaten as a fruit or used to make tea.
The roselle plant is used traditionally as a medicinal herb. It is believed to help with high blood pressure, wounds and ulcers and colds, and it has been used to treat conjunctivitis in some cultures.
Benefits of Roselle Flowers:
Rich in Vitamin C:
The calyces of roselle flowers are rich in Vitamin C, which is essential to the human body's proper functioning. Ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, helps in producing collagen, wound healing and maintaining strong bones and teeth.
May fight Bacteria:
A 2013 test-tube study showed that a roselle plant extract was able to hinder or inhibit harmful E.coli strains, which can cause diarrhoea and cramping; most of the studies have been confined to lab work, so we must wait and see how this translates to humans, but we do know there’s good stuff to be found in the roselle plant, flowers, and even seeds.
May help lower blood pressure:
Studies have shown that roselle can help lower blood pressure in both systolic and diastolic patients. High blood pressure weakens the heart over time and is linked to heart disease. A meta-analysis of several randomised control tests showed that roselle had a significant effect on systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, roselle should not be taken with hydrochlorothiazide, which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Rich in Iron and Protein:
Iron and protein are two essential nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. Iron helps in many ways, including boosting immunity and providing oxygen to the tissues of the body. For pregnant women, it also helps produce more blood (hemoglobin) for both mother and child. Protein is important in building muscle, bones, tissue, cartilage, skin, and blood; it also assists in repairing tissues and boosting the immune system. The roselle plant is high in iron and protein, so incorporating it into your diet can be a great way to increase your intake of these two essential nutrients.
Roselle Flowers are considered one of the healthiest in the nature with a wide variety of benefits for both mind and body.