Herbal Tea Update: Hibiscus


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  • Wonder Bread is no more, so that takes care of that!

    Mexican vegetarian cuisine, and some Middle Eastern, relies partly on dried hibiscus flowers as a vegetable ingredient. I will have to assume that reconstituting the dried flowers in an infusion of water, as for tea, but then sauteeing them for an enchilada filling, say, cancels out the benefits illustrated here. 🙁

  • as for plants that contain B12, aloe vera is the only plant source..you can grow an aloe & harvest the gel/liquid & drink it in smoothies/juices, not sure how much & there are concerns regarding consuming aloe, but most people seem to be able to handle it fine, aloe is "penetrating" & is a "carrier" & if you mix it with a toxic substance & put it on your skin, it will take the toxic substance along with it (so i've been told)..not sure how much B12 it has..do ur own research..cont…

  • 2) if you are willing to stray from your dedication to vegetarianism, clams are the all time best source & my research has lead me to believe they are safe, as in they don't absorb & bioaccumulate toxins like other water creatures do.. i have not found any reason not to consume them, other than they are kinda gross straight up IMHO, but i occasionally make a healthy version clam chowder just to add B12 to my diet (appx 2 servings of clams gives you enough B12 for a week)

  • A few years ago, while on a mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, our hosts provided hibiscus tea and punch daily. DELICIOUS. So, when I got home, I did a little digging to confirm the health benefits and figure out where to get some locally. LOVE IT. Everyone should consume flowers!

  • seems I've seen some controversial evidence that healthy vegans long term will produce B12 internally. Still, I take some….my only supplement … unless you consider powdered cocoa and hemp seeds a "supplement".

  • So to confirm, you blend the hibiscus and drink the whole thing including solids, as opposed to brewing it and throwing the solid away (like in a tea bag)?

  • I like to brew a blend of Red Zinger dark berry hibiscus WITH organic green tea…one bag of each in 2 cups of water…then I drink it at work all day. Tastes pretty nice! Got the idea from Dr. Greger's prior tea video. Kudos to Dr. Greger for his awesome work & videos!

  • There are no reliable plant sources of vitamin B12. Supplements (IMO best) or breakfast cereals, fortified non-dairy milks, & some nutritional yeasts are the vegan options. I recommend reading the B12 section at veganhealth org

    Dr. Greger has done several videos on B12, I've collected them at watch?v=B-kUdDro7dw&list=PLWGs_R99V5Z3VnjiCuB9bf5h5O1QbfzZJ

  • To add to the alphabet soup. a mix of green, hibiscus and papaya leaves make a VERY healthy tea with lemon juice (vit C) added to protect and enhance the catechin levels and reduce any hint of bitterness. 😉

  • There is some information is circulating that there are high levels of pesticides in 'Celestial Seasonings'. I could not find any studies to verify this information. Are you aware of any research that has been done on this? Thank you in advance for your response.

  • It's the red pigment which makes it so beneficial. It is supposed to be the most red pigmented food there is. A big 8 ounce bag of the stuff is only 7.35 on earthshiftproducts. c o m that's where I got mine and it's probably gonna last around 5 months. I make 1-2 big pitchers a week. 3 heaping tablespoons in water at night left out, 2-3 raspberry tea bags to make it taste really good. morning take out tea bags and done. It is like a concentrate, I mix half with water. tastes really good.

  • Can I use the flowers of the common hibiscus in most American gardens: Rose of Sharon? Or do you have to use the tropical hibiscus people keep as potted plants.

  • +NutritionFacts.org
    great video. i have a question… there is no hibiscus tea available in the stores in my area. i did find dry leaves of hibiscus (very cheap btw), will these have as high anti-oxidant power as the hibiscus tea you mentioned in your videos ?  thank you in advance.

  • The hibiscus referred to is commonly known as roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and known locally as Florida cranberry. It is not the flowers as such that are used but the calyces (sepals become fleshy after rest of the flower drops) and these are what are used to make tea. Roselle is a weakly perennial plant and is usually grown as an annual from seed.

  • PLEASE do a video on Hibiscus Sabdariffa! It's a small red flower used in a drink called "sorrel", widely used in the Caribbean and Central America. You can either get these leaves dried, or fresh. They are VERY sour (high in vitamin c) and need to be steeped in water for at least an hour (sometimes over night). I was just wondering if this drink may have the antioxidant power of the tea you were referring to as, although they do come hibiscus plants, they are totally different species.

  • So why does it neutral out so easily shouldn't your bloods antioxidant power decrease in the same rate not faster than the water and cheese? I really want to knoe

  • You can buy Organic Red Hibiscus flowers for decent price on Amazon..Love the stuff even unsweetened ,very refreshing . For the morning I mix iced black tea and add Red Huibiscus and makes an excellent breakfast drink without the coffee jitters and crash..

  • And did you notice any health benefits sipping your Hibiscus and lemon tea throughout the last year? Or is it impossible to know because you're unable to determine which of the many sources of antioxidants is causing the feeling and what should better health feel like anyway?

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