Zobo is a widely held beverage drink in Nigeria popularly referred to as ‘Zoborodo’ in the Northern part of the country. Zobo’s English name is Hibiscus tea.
Made from Hibiscus leaves, the delightful drink is not only revitalizing but also highly nutritious and as such, has numerous health benefits. A lot of international and Nigerian restaurants have it listed in their meal menu for customers to enjoy with other foods. Zobo drink can be made and drank without sugar. But if you must make it sweeter, use natural and fresh fruits as they are healthy and better.
LISTED BELOW ARE WAYS ZOBO DRINK BENEFITS THE HEALTH:
- It stimulates menses and reduces menstrual pain:
A woman who undergoes irregular menstruation should take Zobo drink as can help to restore balance. It is also great for women and girls who suffer from excruciating cramps while menstruating as it provides natural relief. Due to hormonal changes during menstruation, mood swings, overeating or depression may set in all you need do is feed your body system with one cup of Hibiscus tea.
- It helps to boost the immune system :
Zobo drink’s high vitamin C fresh fruits, dried Hibiscus leaves, clove, and ginger make it rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are capable of improving one’s body immune system and metabolism.
- It also helps to boost the fertility of men:
Zobo drink for men supports sperm boost and promotes fertility whereas it’s the reverse in the case of women. Hibiscus tea when combined with ginger and consumed every day, can help to improve sperm fertility.
For women, Zobo drink can indeed help with irregular menstruation but is bad for their ovulation. Hence it is advised to avoid it if you are a woman trying to conceive.
- Zobo drink helps reduce blood pressure
One well-known health benefit of Zobo drink is that it can help to reduce high blood pressure. Research and studies have shown that Hibiscus tea is good for hypertensive patients as it can reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Hibiscus tea can also aid with weight loss:
A number of studies recommend Zobo drink for weight loss and protection against obesity. They are of the opinion that hibiscus tea can be all one would need to burn out that body/belly fat.
- It is also rich in antioxidants:
Another notable health benefit of Zobo drink is its abundance of anti-oxidants as it helps to ward off free radicals, which can cause cell damage.
- Zobo drink reduces cholesterol in the body:
High cholesterol is linked with the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that hibiscus tea can actually help reduce blood fat levels.
- Promoted sleep:
According to research, one of the best organic tea to help one sleep better is Zobo drink.
Why? This unique drink contains melatonin which helps regulate one’s sleep-wake cycle.
- It can prevent cancer too:
Studies have suggested Zobo drink as one of the preventive measures against cancer. Hibiscus has Polyphenols compounds, which are demonstrated to have potent anti-cancer properties, therefore could aid in slow tumour growth and preventing cancer.
- Increased and regained appetite:
Loss of appetite can be regained with a Zobo drink. Occasionally, one’s lack of appetite for food could be a result of a digestive system issue which a drink of Hibiscus tea can easily resolve.
- It may aid with kidney diseases:
Hibiscus tea has been researched to be good for kidneys especially as it is filled with antioxidants that eliminate free radicals, which can be harmful to the kidneys.
- Zobo drink promotes radiant and glowing skin:
The natural acids existent in Hibiscus tea help to purify one’s skin by breaking down dead skin cells and increasing cell turnover. These natural acids can even help to control acne breakouts. Zobo drink helps to clear off age-related spots, giving one a unique and smoother-looking skin tone.
- It also helps to reduce blood Sugar Level:
The Hibiscus tea is powerful enough to help lower one’s blood sugar level. It has been researched to be helpful in reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes found in adults. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties in hibiscus tea modulate the blood glucose response by influencing how insulin is secreted by the body.
- It helps to maintain good eyesight.
- Hibiscus tea can help treat depression in the early stages.
- It also promotes proper function of the liver.
- Zobo drink helps to combat anemia.
- It also helps to treat constipation problems.
- Hibiscus tea also serves as an energy booster.
- It contains vitamin b3 to support the body function.
WHO SHOULD NOT CONSUME ZOBO DRINK?
- People with low blood pressure
- Pregnant women
- Women who want to boost their ovulation
- People who are slim and aiming to gain weight
- People with diarrhea
- Women or wives trying to conceive
- Breastfeeding mothers
Interested in making your own homemade Zobo drink? Click on the video below for a tutorial.