Hibiscus for PCOS
The beautiful, deep pink color of hibiscus is quite captivating. It’s always been such a majestic flower to me. Today, I want to share some of the benefits with you!
First, let’s chat a little bit more about the flower in general.
Hibiscus is a plant that is typically harvested in tropical regions like Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, China and Mexico.
In the past, this flower was used in folk medicine. For example, it was used to treat high blood pressure, liver disease, and fever.
Ok, now to the fun stuff. Let’s chat about the benefits!
In general, hibiscus packs a powerful nutrition punch. The flower contains compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are a phytochemical found in various foods that deliver health benefits to us.
Basically, this flower has high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to fight inflammation and boost immunity!
Hibiscus Benefits for PCOS
Now, let’s touch on some of the benefits for women with PCOS.
In general, women with PCOS are at higher risk for things like type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Studies show that hibiscus can help to improve metabolic markers like insulin, cholesterol and even blood pressure.
Plus, hibiscus is a great alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages. If you struggle with insulin resistance as a PCOS symptom….adding hibiscus could be a no brainer! It’s sugar free but naturally sweet.
More about that coming up.
The most common use of the hibiscus flower is to steep it in hot water to brew as a tea, where it can be an alternative to many teas such as green, black, etc. as it is caffeine-free.
The flavor of the drink can be naturally sweet, tangy and tart and throw your tastebuds for a loop!
Not an overall fan of hot tea? No problem!
This unique flower can be brewed as an iced tea alternative if that is something that appeals more to you. It’s a great way to stay hydrated during warm months if you find it hard to drink water. Traditional Medicinal (one of my favorite tea brand – no affiliation) provides a fantastic hibiscus tea blend.
And, if you want to perform some herbal magic in your kitchen, check out this tasty iced tea to make at home!
Love learning about herbal remedies? Be sure to check out this post on the benefits of spearmint tea for PCOS!
Mixed Fruit & Hibiscus Tea
- 1 pack of fresh organic blackberries
- 3 hibiscus tea bags
- 10 cups of water
- Put the tea bags and blackberries in a large pitcher.
- Pour the boiling water in a pitcher.
- Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and discard them.
- Refrigerate the ice tea. Serve chilled.