Hibiscus Sabdariffa

Scientific Name: Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
English Name: Hibiscus
Other Names in English: Roselle, Sour Tea, Red Sorrel, Karkade
Family: Malvaceae

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Health Benefits

1- It is useful for people with cardiovascular diseases.
2- It strengthens the immune system; this tea is rich in vitamin C, which protects body against infection and colds.
3- Reduces blood pressure, which is due to the action of anthocyanin, polyphenols and hibiscus acid.
4- Due to its richness in antioxidants, it helps protect the body’s cells by eliminating free radicals.
5- Improving lipid profile due to its mucilage, pectin, anthocyanin, polyphenols, hibiscus acid and citric acid (one of the antioxidant effects of anthocyanin is inhibition of LDL cholesterol oxidation, which prevents atherosclerosis).
6- It has a hypoglycemic effect in diabetics.


More than 300 species of this plant are found worldwide in the tropics and subtropics.
This plant is native to West Africa and today is widely cultivated in West Africa, Asia, Australia, India, Malaysia, Austria, Central America and many tropical countries. In Iran, hibiscus tea is widely grown in Sistan and Baluchistan, in the cities of Iranshahr and Nikshahr.

Chemical Constituents

Linoleic (41.06±0.7%), oleic (27.07±0.01%) and palmitic (21.9±0.03%) acids are the main fatty acids in the Roselle seeds oil. The maximum yield (20±0.02%), related to aqueous extract, however, higher TPC (201±0.02 mg GAEs/100 g) and antioxidant activity (DPPH, 94.15±0.2%; ABTS, 75.91±0.03%) were observed in acetone extract.
The leaves contain protein (3.3 g/100 g), fat (0.3 g/100 g), carbohydrate (9.2 g/100 g), minerals (phosphorus (214 mg/100 g), iron (4.8 mg/100 g) thiamine (0.45 mg/100 g), β-carotene (4135 μg/100 g), riboflavin (0.45 mg/100 g) and ascorbic acid (54 mg/100 g).

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