Balanced Cholesterol Levels
For individuals who are looking for a natural way to help keep their cholesterol levels supported and balanced, herbalists will often recommend hibiscus tea. This refreshing, vibrant tisane has been used and researched for centuries for a variety of purposes. In particular, many studies have looked into the potential of using hibiscus teas and extracts to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Although studies still remain inconclusive, they certainly show many positive, promising results thus far.
Overview of Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol levels have become a growing concern for many who have become more health conscious in recent years. This is because more recently it has been shown that high cholesterol levels can increase the risks of heart disease, which is known as being one of the top killers in the United States. Although many steps are taken to alter diets and lower calorie intakes, many do not realize that cholesterol is actually an important factor in the human body.
So what exactly is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a type of fat in the body that is found in a variety of foods as well as in your blood stream and cells. Cholesterol performs various functions in the body that help it to function properly. However, there are different types of cholesterol in the body, which make up what is ‘good’ cholesterol and what is ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)
“Bad” cholesterol is what is known as low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs. This type of cholesterol carries through the blood stream, which is why high amounts of it can lead to atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries.
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)
HDLs, or high-density lipoproteins are known as the “good” cholesterol. HDLs can help prevent blockage in the arteries and can also mean that the cell membranes in your liver have a reduced number of LDLs as well.
Clinical Studies on Hibiscus Tea
Keeping LDLs levels in our body low are important to keeping the body healthy and happy. Although there are many ways to do this, such as through diet, good exercise levels, and other lifestyle changes, there are also supplements that can help as well. One good natural answer to high cholesterol levels is a cup of hibiscus tea. Studies conducted on hibiscus tea may be able to lessen bad cholesterol levels in the body, which can in turn help protect the body against clogging of the arteries. Although hibiscus tea cannot be offered as a treatment until further studies have been conducted, it does contain many benefits for supporting healthy cholesterol that can be partaken of if it is sipped on a regular basis.