Roselle is not only delicious to drink as herbal tea, but this red flower is also believed to have many benefits. What exactly are the ingredients in roseola, and what are the health benefits?
Rosella is a tropical plant originating from the African continent. But now, the plant with the Latin name Hibiscus sabdariffa is already well-known in various parts of the world, including Indonesia. The allure of roselle is not only from its beautiful color, but also from the many nutrients contained in this flower. Roselle flowers are noted to contain various vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, and C), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium (potassium), and sodium (sodium).
Benefits derived from Rosela
The following are the benefits of rosella which are believed to be good for health.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Several studies have shown that drinking rosella tea for 2-6 weeks is effective in reducing blood pressure in people with mild hypertension. There are also studies that say that consuming rosella might be as effective as taking the Captopril drug that is often prescribed for patients with mild to moderate hypertension. However, thorough research on the effectiveness of rosella in reducing high blood pressure, and also the level of safety, is still needed.
The results of research on the benefits of this interest against other diseases, states that rosella might be used to treat cancer. An antioxidant compound called anthocyanin contained in rosella is considered the key anticancer in this flower. Research continues to find the truth about this.
Research in Taiwan found that rosella extract is thought to have an influence on the body’s metabolism and prevent obesity. It is estimated, consuming rosella can prevent obesity and protect the liver from accumulation of fat. Roselle is also seen to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and increase levels of good cholesterol. But this also has not been fully proven and still needs further investigation.
In addition, other benefits of rosella which are also widely trusted but have not been fully proven are to cure constipation, flu, and irritation of the stomach.
Rosela Side Effects
Roselle safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women has not been confirmed. Therefore it should be avoided by pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding.
Rosella might reduce blood pressure. Therefore it is safer if people with low blood pressure avoid the consumption of rosella. In addition, patients who will be operated on are advised to stop taking rosella at least 2 weeks before surgery. Rosella can affect blood sugar levels so it can be difficult to control during and after surgery.
There is no research or scientific evidence that recommends what is the safe dose of using rosella. So even though rosella tea is a natural product that contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, it is also possible that consuming too much can be bad for the body. Be sure to always consult a doctor if you want to use herbal products such as rosella. In addition, do not consume rosella products if they are not registered with BPOM.