Say Yes To Flower Power For Losing Weight
As a child I was very fascinated by this red flower tree in my garden. I found the four petaled red flowers extremely exquisite. Though now I know it is truly a unique flower. The hibiscus flower sure shows its flower power when it comes to health. You might not be aware but this beautiful flower has the ability to lower blood pressure among many other health benefits.
Called by many names like Indian Sorrel, African Mallow, Red Sorrel, Jamaican Sorrel, Jamaican Tea flower and Hibiscus; this flower is known for its therapeutic benefits. Drinking hibiscus juice or tea is said to be great for
- Common cold
- Sore throat
- Hair loss
However the most significant effect of hibiscus is in reducing blood pressure. Studies indicate that regularly drinking hibiscus juice or tea can lower the blood pressure to 8 to 12 mm/Hg. It contains hydroxycitric acid which is known to encourage weight loss. This compound blocks the conversion of carbs into fats and works as an appetite suppressant. So you lose weight on a normal diet, without doing much. However the effects of this flower on weight are better if consumed in a natural form rather than processed forms like powders or capsules. Here I have a delicious recipe for hibiscus juice for you to try.
Petals only from 10 large hibiscus flowers (chopped finely)
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup of sugar
Mix the petals with lemon juice and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Make sugar syrup with water and sugar. Add the flower and lemon juice mixture and stir well. Cook until reduced by 1/3 – approximately for 1 hour. Strain and store in the refrigerator. To make a drink, add about 2 tablespoons of the juice into a glass and add cold water. Serve with a sprig of mint.
This is an extremely low calorie drink and a natural diuretic. Try it to stay healthy, fit and slim.