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Please enjoy this information on hibiscus made available through the generosity of RFI’s adoption.





Hibiscus sabdariffa is a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) and is native to parts of North Africa and Southeast Asia. The calyx (the structure around the petals) is the primary plant part used, specifically in teas for lowering blood pressure and for its cooling effect.

Additional ABC Hibiscus Resources 

HerbalGram articles

Hibiscus Profile
. 2007; 74:1-6.

HerbClip reviews

Water Extraction Yields the Highest Concentration of Phenolic Compounds from Hibiscus Flowers. HC# 091423-513, January 30, 2015.

Hibiscus Extracts Contain a Wide Range of Bioactive Compounds and Provide a Myriad of Potential Health Benefits. HC# 091424-517, March 31, 2015.

Hibiscus Supplementation Resulted in a Decrease in Waist Circumference, Percent Body Fat, Free Fatty Acids, and Waist-to-hip Ratio in Obese Subjects. HC# 041424-502, August 15, 2014.

Hibiscus Supplementation May Be Effective in Adolescents with Dyslipidemia. HC# 111361-486, December 13, 2013.

Clinical Trial Demonstrates that Drinking Green Tea or Hibiscus Tea May Lower Blood Pressure in Patients with Diabetes
. HC 071331-478, August 15, 2013.

Hibiscus Tea and Black Tea Each Elevated High-density Lipoprotein but also Total Cholesterol after Discontinuation. HC# 121121-439, December 30, 2011.

Cochrane Review of Hibiscus Effects on Blood Pressure
. HC# 051062-408, September 15, 2010.

Hibiscus Tea May Help Lower Blood Pressure in Mild Hypertension
. HC# 021066-396, March 15, 2010. 

Effect of Hibiscus on Uric Acid Excretion and Renal Stone Formation
. HC# 060282-362, October 15, 2008.

Hibiscus Tea May Have Cholesterol-lowering Effects
. HC# 050672-337, September 28, 2007.

Read the Press Release on RFI's herb adoption of the HerbMedPro Hibiscus record.

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