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Burn fat with hibiscus tea

Why Hibiscus Tea?

Hibiscus Sabdariffa has been traditionally in herbal drinks as well as in the food industry and herbal medicine. New research has shown that drinking 1-2 cups of hibiscus tea and INCREASE FAT OXIDATION in humans. Meaning, hibiscus tea significant effects in lipid metabolism, and may help prevent diabetes. Another study found that drinking about 240-ml of hibiscus tea eat day for 6 weeks found significant improvement in lowering blood pressure. Hibiscus sabdariffa has been studied in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and during studies, they found those who drank hibiscus tea experienced greater weight loss. 

Weight loss

People lost more weight even though they were consuming the same amount of calories

Lower Bloodpressure

May lower bloodpressue


Rich in powerful antioxidants

Increase fat loss

Increase fat metabolism

Energy balance

May block some of the fat storing process

Balance hormones

May help regulate hormone balance.

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Sure, you can use hibiscus in the supplement form, but it’s recommended to drink the tea instead due to the possible toxicity of consuming too much. 

Combine with lemon verbena, and you have a powerful fat burning drink


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Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Jalali-Khanabadi BA, Afkhami-Ardekani M, Fatehi F, Noori-Shadkam M. The effects of sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on hypertension in patients with type II diabetes. J Hum Hypertens. 2009 Jan;23(1):48-54. doi: 10.1038/jhh.2008.100. Epub 2008 Aug 7. PMID: 18685605.

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Herranz-López M, Olivares-Vicente M, Encinar JA, Barrajón-Catalán E, Segura-Carretero A, Joven J, Micol V. Multi-Targeted Molecular Effects of Hibiscus sabdariffa Polyphenols: An Opportunity for a Global Approach to Obesity. Nutrients. 2017 Aug 20;9(8):907. doi: 10.3390/nu9080907. PMID: 28825642; PMCID: PMC5579700.

Chang HC, Peng CH, Yeh DM, Kao ES, Wang CJ. Hibiscus sabdariffa extract inhibits obesity and fat accumulation, and improves liver steatosis in humans. Food Funct. 2014 Apr;5(4):734-9. doi: 10.1039/c3fo60495k. Epub 2014 Feb 19. PMID: 24549255.

Kao ES, Yang MY, Hung CH, Huang CN, Wang CJ. Polyphenolic extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa reduces body fat by inhibiting hepatic lipogenesis and preadipocyte adipogenesis. Food Funct. 2016 Jan;7(1):171-82. doi: 10.1039/c5fo00714c. PMID: 26489044.

Ojulari OV, Lee SG, Nam JO. Beneficial Effects of Natural Bioactive Compounds from Hibiscus sabdariffa L. on Obesity. Molecules. 2019 Jan 8;24(1):210. doi: 10.3390/molecules24010210. PMID: 30626104; PMCID: PMC6337177.