Diabetes, arthrosis, rheumatism: Hibiscus is anti-inflammatory

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Hibiscus contains a lot of vitamin C and helps not only against colds. According to researchers, it is also said to reduce inflammation in the body, such as occurs in diabetes and osteoarthritis.

Many in this country are familiar with hibiscus in the form of tea, which tastes slightly sour, similar to red currants. Hibiscus tea is often equated with mallow tea – also known as wild mallow – as both plants belong to the mallow family. Mallow and hibiscus are medicinal plants known for their anti-inflammatory effects in colds. Enjoy hibiscus not only as tea or in a salad, but also in the form of syrup for drinks.

Hibiscus acts against chronic inflammation – possibly as a tea, syrup or in a salad

Hibiscus – fresh, dried, in the form of tea or juice – is said to have numerous health-promoting properties: the medicinal plant and flowers are said to have anti-inflammatory and even hypotensive effects. (Iconic image) © oilslo/Imago

Hibiscus is used in African folk medicine as a medicinal plant for various ailments. The flowers are not only very thirst-quenching, but they are also said to have antibacterial, antispasmodic, laxative, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects and boost the immune system thanks to their antioxidant properties. This is confirmed by the current study. Externally, hibiscus or mallow helps against itchy eczema on the skin. Hibiscus tea is even said to reduce high blood pressure – three cups of hibiscus tea a day lowers systolic blood pressure by 13 mmHg. Medical journal reported.

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Edible hibiscus flowers include Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), garden hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) and marsh hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) – fresh or dried hibiscus flowers make a great extra healthy salad ingredient. Based on the study, scientists managed to shed more light on the interesting effect of rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa) in relation to autoimmune diseases.

Medicinal plant hibiscus for the therapy of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and MS

As part of this study, scientists from the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg (JMU) led by Dr. Martin Väth, new approaches to the targeted therapy of autoimmune diseases have been discovered, as summarized in a JMU press release. To do this, the researchers focused on a group of cells in the immune system: helper T cells type 17, also known as Th17 lymphocytes, and acetyl coenzyme A. Doctors hypothesize that these play an important role in reducing inflammation in the body. Prof. Väth and his team discovered that acetyl-CoA in Th17 immune cells can regulate the activity of various gene regions in the cell nucleus and thereby inhibit pro-inflammatory genes. Citric acid or the dietary supplement hydroxycitrate can prevent the disease-causing functions of Th17 immune cells and thereby reduce inflammatory processes in the body, as further noted in the JMU press release.

Hydroxycitrate is a citric acid derivative found in various tropical plants including Garcinia cambogia and the edible rose, Hibiscus sabdariffa. Hibiscus sabdariffa is known as hibiscus tea or mallow tea. In the form of syrup, hibiscus is also added to desserts and drinks. In the case of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatism, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), hibiscus could represent a valuable therapeutic approach.

This article contains only general information on the relevant health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. In no case does it replace a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately, our editors are not authorized to answer individual questions regarding clinical images.

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