For most people from the Caribbean, Christmas isn’t the same without a tall glass of sorrel drink to
quench your holiday thirst! And if you want to pack a punch, add some white rum, pimento, ginger and port wine (optional). You’ll have yourself a party pleaser!
But sorrel isn’t just a drink of choice for many Caribbeans at Christmas time. It’s also good for you.
A glass of sorrel a day will keep the doctor away!
Research confirms that Jamaican Sorrel is high in Vitamins and Minerals with powerful antioxidant properties. It helps lower elevated blood pressure, bad cholesterol and detoxify the entire body. Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) is a measure of total hydrophilic capacity. In fact, eating high ORAC foods such as Jamaican Sorrel can significantly raise the antioxidant power of human blood. It has a ORAC rating which is higher than vegetable juice, tomato juice and orange juice; and compares favorably to Cranberry Juice and Pomegranate Juice, which is well known for its antioxidant properties.
The antioxidant properties in sorrel helps provide our bodies with protection against free radicals, molecules which cause heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, premature aging and cancer. Sorrel also helps flush the prostate and maintains the proper functioning of the liver, kidney and bladder.
The medical value of sorrel (officially called the Rosella plant, or Hibiscus Sabdariffa) has been noted in studies from various countries (Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, India, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States). Medical studies illustrate Sorrel’s ability to improve quality of life by helping to maintain the health and wellness of the entire body.
Sorrel contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, niacin, riboflavin and a group of compounds called FLAVONOIDS which not only give its deep red colour but are now being recognized as a powerful antioxidant which scavenges the body of free radicals that can cause deadly diseases if they are not removed from the body.
It is also believed that the FLAVONOIDS present in sorrel may be a useful deterrent against certain types of cancer and help to enhance the body’s immune system in general. Recent studies conducted by the Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, revealed that sorrel could kill certain types of cancer cells. Sorrel tea is consumed in many countries such as the Sudan, Senegal and Egypt on a daily basis and researchers in Mexico have reported a significant reduction in the triglyceride levels of persons who consume sorrel. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with heart disease.
Scientists from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) proved that ‘sorrel water’ significantly decreases cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and contributes to protection against heart diseases. As a preventative measure in heart diseases it is a good habit to consume sorrel water daily to decrease the risk of heart disease. It helps to prevent the clogging of arteries resulting from excessive levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Sorrel has also been recognized for its diuretic properties and as an aid to weight loss.
sources: SRC- Jamaica.
Crazy Jamaica’s main sponsor is -Island Breeze Ltd. They are Jamaica’s main manufacturer of Sorrel drink . Island Breeze Sorrel drink does not have to be refrigerated until they are opened and they are shipped worldwide.These sorrel drink are bottled in 15 oz. bottles and specially formulated and bottled to taste fresh and just like homemade sorrel.Island Breeze Ltd. are seeking distributors worldwide and anyone interested in becoming distributors can contact them at 1-876-758-0158 or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Next time you are in Jamaica.feel free to contact crazy Jamaica at 8 E ASHENHIEM RD.Kingston 11 or call 1-876-828-0001 to take home a case or two to enjoy.Although sorrel is mostly a Christmas drink.Island Breeze Ltd. Can have it throughout the year.depending on the quantity you need.
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