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Hibiscus, Sour Sop & Ginger

Hibiscus, Sour Sop & Ginger

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This amazing combination of sweet and sour, it really wakes you up and its packed with vitamin C. This has to types of Hibiscus Sorel from Jamaica and another verity from the mountains of Taiwan rosa-sinensis 'Rosetta Bell', The Sour Sop leaves are from the eastern caribbean Grenada, where i picked them, the smell is intoxicating once you have tasted the fruit the leaves smell pretty much the same.

Hibiscus Benefits- Lowers Blood Pressure – studies show significant benefits for hypertension, more effective than medication without side effects

Supports Healthy Cholesterol and Triglycerides - It may also help people with dyslipidemia manage their cholesterol and high triglycerides, Scientists recommend the use of hibiscus extracts for naturally lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with metabolic syndrome. Like with blood pressure, hibiscus tea’s ability to reduce high “blood lipids” this also extends to those with diabetes.

Prevents Oxidative Stress -Hibiscus is full of antioxidants, which, protect the body against oxidative stress that damages cells. These are found mainly in the anthocyanins of the plant, the natural pigments that give this flower its red colour.

 Shows Promise in Fighting Certain Cancers - Probably due, at least in part, to the antioxidants in hibiscus tea, it has been the subject of some introductory cancer research. hibiscus tea’s anticancer power. In a lab, hibiscus extracts cause apoptosis (cell death) in leukemia cells.  

Helpful in reducing weight gain and Related Risks- Human and animal studies have found a link between hibiscus and an increased metabolism. Hibiscus extract may even inhibit you from absorbing as much starch and sucrose as you might from a typical meal. Hibiscus may also be helpful in insulin resistance as it balances blood sugar levels. Studies have shown hibiscus tea benefits the liver by reducing the risk of fatty buildup, which can potentially lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure if left untreated.

 Natural Antidepressant- If you suffer from or are at risk for depression, you may want to consider trying hibiscus tea as one natural way to combat these sometimes debilitating signs of depression such as fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in hobbies and more.Studies have found hibiscus flowers have specific types of bioflavonoids that may help as one Natural for depression.

 Potential Staph Infection Remedy at least one type of hibiscus displays antibacterial power, too. At least one lab study has found that extracts of Hibiscus rosa sinensis, a less common but still useful hibiscus plant sometimes used to make tea, might have serious MRSA-killing potential.

Helpful in Preventing Kidney Stones hibiscus has been shown in studies to support kidney urinary health. hibiscus tea presents what is known as an “anti-urolithiatic property,” meaning that it may lower the instance of compounds that form Kidney Stones

Sour sop leaves, may help to manage diabetes, soursop leaves have long been believed to possibly help manage diabetes as it lowers the blood sugar level. The mechanism behind this action is the inhibition of special enzymes that help to break down complex carbohydrates into glucose or block its absorption.

Aids cancer treatment, studies prove that antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects of the extracts of soursop plant may treat cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, lung, blood, liver, cervix, ovary, the mouth, and the skin. The active bio ingredients that could be beneficial are called annonaceous acetogenins (AGEs). These AGEs are involved have some interesting anticancer properties of soursop. They may kill cancer cells by inhibiting the mitochondrial complex I, a cancer cell protein.

Rheumatic diseases are commonly observed in more elderly people, causing great pain. Soursop leaves may be a natural treatment for pain. For this purpose, mash the soursop leaves until they become smooth and apply on  areas of the body that are affected by pain due to arthritis and eczema, regularly twice a day.

 Treats ulcers, soursop leaves are excellent remedies for ulcers because the substances within soursop leaves rmay educe inflammation and may also act as a painkiller. Additionally, soursop leaves may improve our immune system. So that the usual slow healing process of ulcer may be shortened due to an active immune system.

Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Under 2  grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. Ginger occurs to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort, it appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, it contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer­­­.

Caution: Be sure to refrigerate for at least 2 hours before opening. When opening, open slowly as it is naturally carbonated!!!