Zobo drink is a popular traditional drink that originated from the Northern part of Nigeria. The drink is a well-known drink that is cheap and readily available in Nigerian markets.
Zobo drink can be gotten from the dried calyces of Hibiscus plant flower. It is also called a Hibiscus sabdariffa tea or sour tea ( due to its sour taste).
Zobo is highly nutritious, it contains a lot of nutrients such as Protein, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Niacin, Riboflavin, Fiber, Fat, Thiamine, Carotene, etc. These nutrients are what make the zobo drink a very healthy drink with a lot of wonderful health benefits.
For its tasty flavor and health benefits, Zobo drink is loved and has gained acceptance all over the world.
You might be thinking zobo drink is just a regular drink for quenching thirst, you will be surprised to find out it is more than that.
Research has shown that it has lots of health benefits attached to it. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits
Study shows that Zobo drink is beneficial to prehypertensive people and those with mild high blood pressure. Due to the presence of enzyme inhibitors, the production of amalyse is stopped and this process helps to reduce blood pressure.
Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, Riboflavine, carotene amongst others is highly present in Zobo leaves. It also contains anti-bacterial properties which works together to restore appetite loss.
The high quantity of fibre in Zobo leaves is useful im dealing with problems arising from constipation, and also improves the digestive system.It is advisable to take zobo daily to treat constipation.
Regular consumption of Zobo increases the level of Vitamin C in the body. The presence of Vitamin C in the body boosts the immune system. It also improve roles of many tissues, organs and systems in the body.
Carotene present in zobo leaves is converted into Vitamin A by the body. A combination of Vitamin A and C preserves the eye, increases clear visions, and protects the eye from problems like night blindness.
Another great benefit of Zobo drink is that it helps balance female reproductive hormones, thereby regulating irregular periods. It also stimulates blood flow to the uterus and pelvis, which relieves menstrual cramps.
The Zobo drink has been scientifically proven several times that it helps in lowering the absorption of the major dietary components [starch and glucose] which are often linked with excess weight gain. When these components become lowered, it will then accelerate the weight loss process.
Additionally, Zobo hinders the production of amylase, which is very helpful in absorbing carbohydrates and starch in the body. This means that drinking Zobo regularly can help lessen the absorption from surfacing any longer.
However, as health beneficial as this zobo drink is, it also has its side effects when not taken in moderation.