Last update Sept. 26, 2015
Very Low Risk
Flowers are used for infusions. It contains 15 to 30% of organic acids (hibíscicum, malic, citric, tartaric and ascorbic acids) and 1 to 2% of anthocyanosides (hibiscin, delphinidin) and phytosterols. Devoid of toxicity.
It is used in soft drinks (social drink in tropical America, Africa and Asia) and as flavor and color enhancer.
Properties attributed without clinical evidence: spasmolytic, vasoprotective, diuretic, liver protection and hypotensive effect.
The Commission E of the German Ministry of Health does not consider sufficiently proven its therapeutic effectiveness.
It has not been showed an increased antioxidant capacity in the milk of women who drank this tea or mixture with other plants.
There is no evidence of its effectiveness as galactogogue. The studies done in this regard mixed various herbal products and are methodologically very flawed.
The best galactagogue is a frequent on-demand breastfeeding together with proper technique.
We do not have alternatives for Karkade since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
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