How is this a good alternative to caffeine?
Like the fresh fruits that they’re made from, the fruit in our Get Up and Glow blend have lots of health benefits. They contain a variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The grapes, hibiscus flowers and rosehip peels, all contain vitamin C which will help your immune system and help to protect you picking up colds – horrific in pregnancy.
The natural, low levels of sugar that naturally occur in the fruit infusion will also give you a pick up when you need it, without flooding your system with sugar.
Rosehips contain a variety of antioxidants; carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins, as well as 50% more vitamin C than oranges, an excellent immune booster.
Likewise, hibiscus is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. A trial In 2009 studied hibiscus’s ability to support cholesterol maintenance, this time in people concerned with healthy blood sugar levels. Sixty subjects, mostly women, were given either one cup of hibiscus tea or black tea twice per day. After one month, hibiscus was able to help maintain total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol levels — as well as triglycerides — already within a healthy range.* Black tea, on the other hand, only impacted HDL levels. (Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Jalali-Khanabadi B, Afkhami-Ardehani M, Fatehi F. . J Altern and Comp Med 2009;15(8):899-903.)
Grapes are high in vitamin K, carotenes, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as micronutrient minerals like iron, manganese and copper.
It’ll have you revitalised, refreshed and ready to get up and glow whether you’re pregnant, or a hard working mum.
Is hibiscus safe in pregnancy?
The short answer is yes - the NHS has no issues with hibiscus in pregnancy, but recommend not drinking more than 3 cups a day.
Google might terrify you and say that it's dangerous. But this is based on an animal study, where mice were given a huge quantity and had problems. This sounds scary, but bear in mind - the mice are given 1g of hibisus per kg weight. This is the equivalent of a woman weighing 60kg eating 60g of hibscicus a day. One of our Get Up & Glow tea bags weighs 2.5g and has 10% hibiscus in (0.25g). You will only get around 60% of the polyphenols in the tea bag in an infusion, so per bag, 0.15g max is extracted. You'd therefore need to drink 400,000 cups a day to have the same dose and risk similar effect (even if our bodies are different). Study summary here: https://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/0010-7824(86)90061-2/fulltext. So providing you don’t reach this level of hibiscus in your diet, you can definitely continue to enjoy the tea.
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