A preparation that releases an intense and sour flavour, which will win you over with the nuances of hibiscus, grapes and rosehip; natural and enveloping aromas that blend softly with the vegetal notes of safflower and blackberry leaves. Already at the first sip it makes the choice between fruity and floral interesting on the palate, given that it tastes both! The delicious taste of the extraordinary blend of fruit and herbs also makes it ideal as a refreshing cold infusion. You can enjoy this light drink hot or iced, at any time of the day.

Cream and blueberry infusion: properties and benefits

Warming and delicious, the blend provides an important addition of benefits for our body. By taking this infusion you obtain various fruit virtues including grapes, apple, rosehip, and healthy plant components such as hibiscus, blackberry leaves and safflower flowers. The mixture represents a wellness treatment for the body thanks to the abundance of hibiscus and dog rose, which make it a rejuvenating herbal tea. It contains numerous active ingredients, including vitamins A and C, for the well-being of the skin and to help strengthen the immune system.

Hibiscus is rich in essential antioxidants and vitamin C, which help improve skin complexion, hydration and texture. The exclusive anthocyanin compound, which gives hibiscus its red color, combines with the antioxidant properties of grapes through the resveratrol compound and polyphenols which help the skin's elasticity, counteracting aging. Blackberry leaves also contain many vitamins and minerals useful for the beauty of the skin, through the supply of vitamins C and E. The infusion becomes extremely rich in vitamin C also thanks to the rosehip or dog rose fruit, used since ancient times to combat colds and airway congestion. The cardiovascular benefits of this infusion concern the properties of hibiscus to lower blood pressure, and promote better blood circulation and blood fluidity.

Regulating the balance between vasodilation and vasoconstriction in the vascular wall, improving blood flow and blood pressure regulation in obese models with metabolic syndrome. The mixture with hibiscus, apple and blackberry leaves can improve digestion. The fruit acids and tannins contained help purify the stomach and intestines of toxins, which accumulate, favoring the good bacteria of the intestinal flora. At the level of intestinal transit, the astringent qualities of blackberry leaves (tannins) are useful for soothing states of diarrhea and irritation. The astringent effect is balanced with a light laxative virtue of safflower flowers, which help soothe stomach irritations. Various ingredients, including rosehip, promote correct diuresis for those who want a purifying infusion that counteracts water retention, while simultaneously improving micro-circulation.

Fruits and flowers

The rosehip is the false fruit of some species of Rose, the famous perennial plant of the Rosaceae family. There are thousands of cultivars of this plant, which can appear in the form of erect or climbing shrubs. Most species are native to Asia. If the flowers change in shape, size and colour, the rosehip always appears oval, fleshy, compact and red. Rose hips represent the mature ovary that remains on the branch after the flower, and inside they contain about 3 small yellow-brown seeds. They often derive from Rosa Canina, but also from Rugosa, Acicularis or Rosa Cinnamomea.

The Malus domestica plant of the Rosaceae family produces apples as fruit. It is a tree native to Asia, now widespread throughout the planet. The fruits diversify into many varieties, resulting in apples of various colors (yellow, red, green, etc.), with different pulp and skin consistency, as well as size. The blackberry is the fruit that derives from the Rubus Fruticosus bramble and belongs to the large Rosaceae family. It grows spontaneously in Mediterranean countries as a perennial and thorny plant, which creates the classic blackberry thickets. The plant grows best in full sun, in rich, well-drained soil. Each leaf is made up of three or five serrated oval leaflets, dark green in the upper part and light green in the lower part. White or pink flowers appear from late spring to early summer. The hibiscus plant is Hibiscus sabdariffa, of the Malvaceae family. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions around the world, withshrubs that can be different (deciduous or evergreen, trees, annual or perennial, with simple or lobed leaves, etc.).

Gives large funnel-shaped flowers for a long flowering season, very sensitive to the duration of daylight. The calyx and flowers are used as flavourings, colorants and for the preparation of hibiscus tea. The grape comes from the Vitis vinifera plant, a genus belonging to the Vitaceae family. It is a vigorous climber, which can easily cover walls and surfaces but is often grown for grapes and the winemaking of its fruits. It displays large leaves and tiny green flowers. The famous fruits are the grapes and their bunches, which differ based on the variety of the vine. Safflower or Carthamus tinctorius is a herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. Native to the arid environments of the planet, it survives thanks to its deep root. Shows a height of 30 to 150 cm, colorful flowers (yellow, orange or red). Safflower was historically used as a substitute for saffron, therefore called saffron.

Nutritional values of the cream and blueberry infusion

The beneficial antioxidant elements are important in this blend, which contains vitamin C, A and group B. Other interesting phytochemicals are tannins, antioxidants flavonoids and anthocyanins, carotenoids. Among the minerals we find potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and other elements such as amino acids, organic acids and tannins. How to use the ingredients in the infusion The infusion is obtained by placing approximately 3-5 grams of the cream and blueberry mixture with water at 100 °C in a cup (250 ml). Leave to infuse for 10 to 12 minutes before drinking. Add honey or sugar, if desired.

Cream and blueberry infusion: side effects and contraindications

If you want to avoid unwanted effects, it is important to respect the recommended doses and not exceed the consumption of the infusion for too long periods. Excessive intake may cause diarrhea or constipation, nausea, gastrointestinal disorders, headache. Use with caution in case of low or high blood pressure. Caution advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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