Health Benefits of Roselle Plant

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  • Roselle contains anthocyanin, a rich source of antioxidant
  • Roselle seeds contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body
  • Roselle has high amounts of vitamin C, which can help boost the body’s ability to fight infections

Roselle (hibiscus sabdariffa) is a traditional plant characterized by red flowers that are often served as herbal tea. These flowers are also used as cooking ingredient and made into jams and preserves.  The roselle has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its touted health benefits:

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Antioxidant

The flowers of roselle plant consist of anthocyanin; a rich source of antioxidants. These enzymes fight the free radicals that can cause damage to our organs. High amounts of free radicals in the body is associated with prolonged state of oxidative stress that can disrupt cell growth.

Antihypertensive

The antihypertensive ability of roselle can control the lipid proteins found in the blood. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition.in 2010 shows a link between consumption of roselle tea and reduction in the systolic blood pressure.

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Immune Booster

Roselle contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body. These include calcium, riboflavin, and iron, which all promote high immune function and improvements in blood flow. The roselle flower also has notably high amounts of vitamin C, which can help boost the body’s ability to fight infections. Vitamin C, which is sourced from oranges and other citrus fruits, is known to strengthen the body’s ability to fight off disease-causing pathogens.

Natural Treatment For Cough And Cold

Roselle is also beneficial for those with cough and cold. The cooling effect of the roselle tea expands the bronchi to allow easy exchange of air.

More research is still needed to confirm other anecdotal benefits of roselle, but recent studies suggest that this natural health booster may just be what your body needs to stay healthy and improve your immunity against pathogens.