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Hibiscus

History

Function

Hibiscus flowers contain cyanidin, a naturally occurring pigment also found in healthy berries, cranberry, hawthorn, grapes, raspberry, acai, elderberry, as well as red onions. Studies suggest that extracts of Hibiscus help maintain healthy cholesterol levels that are already in the normal range.* It has also been used traditionally to support healthy fluid retention levels and overall cardiovascular health. Gaia Herbs’ concentrates organic Hibiscus flower extract under low temperature and pressure to deliver its pure plant intelligence.

Uses of Hibiscus

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

Approximately 15%-30% of the plant is made up of plant acids, including citric, malic, tartaric acids and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone—i.e. hibiscus acid, which is specific to this plant. Other chemical constituents are many, including alkaloids, L-ascorbic acid, anthocyanin, Beta-carotene, Beta-sitosterol, citric acid, polysaccharides arabins and arabinogalactans, quercetin, gossypetin and small amounts of galactose, arabinose, glucose, xylose, mannose and rhamnose.

Parts Used

  • Flowers/Calcyes

Important precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.

Additional Resources

Herrera-Arellano A, Miranda-Sanchez J, Avila-Castro P, et al. Planta Med 2007;73:6-12.

Lin T, Lin H, Chen C, et al. Nutr Res 2007;27:140-145.

Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Jalali-Khanabadi B, Afkhami-Ardehani M, Fatehi F. J Altern and Comp Med 2009;15(8):899-903.

Herb Reference Guide

 
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.