Fruit teas contain no actual tea leaves as such, but are infusions brimming with chunks of aromatic fruits, herbs, roots and flowers. Once steeped, they are full-bodied, satisfying drinks that come in a vast range of bright and fresh flavours with a sweet aroma.
All about fruit teas:
- A flavourful, healthy alternative to fruit juices and sugary drinks. In summer they are especially refreshing to serve on ice or chilled.
- Most fruit teas contain hibiscus or rosehips, both naturally high in Vitamin C.
- Ideal for children.
- Many flavour profiles: citrus, berry, tart, fruity, tropical and sweet to suit all tastes.
- Naturally caffeine-free.
Hibiscus Flowers Health Benefits:
Hibiscus flowers are used to flavour and colour many of our fruit infusions. While the tea plant normally gets all the attention regarding health benefits of it’s antioxidants, it appears that we might be able to get as excited about the Hibiscus!
Hibiscus flowers with their bright red and orange colourings have been found to contain flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins – similar to those found in red wine.
Some recent studies have shown just how beneficial Hibiscus tea could be for our health if consumeed regularly….
- A study conducted in the US has found Hibiscus tea could lower blood pressure. The participants in this study found that if they drank 3 cups of hibiscus tea a day they had a 7.2% drop in their systolic blood pressure. Also those with the highest readings saw their systolic blood pressure drop by 13.2% and diastolic blood pressure reduced by 6.4%
- Another study showed that the antioxidants in Hibiscus prevented oxidation of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The oxidation of this LDL has been implicated in hardening of the arteries.
- A third study showed a potential cholesterol lowering effect where blood cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fat) were significantly lowered over a period of 12 weeks.
Find out more about the health benefits of tea from lovely Leanne at http://www.aaahtea.co.nz/