Zobo drink is gotten from Roselle leaves, popularly known as Hibiscus Sabdariffa leaves coming from a species of Hibiscus plant.
Like many other Nigerian drinks, zobo is tasty which makes it pleasurable to all classes of people and is best enjoyed when served cold. It also and contains various nutritional properties that are needed for the body.
These nutrients found in Zobo drink, particularly in the Roselle leaf, work well to prevent and/or cure some illnesses.
Here Are 4 Amazing Benefits of Zobo Drink:
1. Zobo drink helps reduce hypertension
Zobo contains anti-hypertensive properties which are as a result of its ability to reduce blood cholesterol level.
It does this by reducing the number of plaque accumulated in the body as it lowers the blood vessel leading to higher blood pressure.
2. Prevents Cancer
Because zobo is rich in anti-oxidant essences, it could be used to prevent cancer.
Like any other food rich with anti-oxidant, zobo significantly strengthens the immune system especially in fighting free radical, including cancer which regularly occurs as a result of free-radical contamination.
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3. Fights Diabetes
According to a research conducted by United States Department of Agriculture, Zobo drink is significantly effective for curing some disease and health disturbances ranging from high blood pressure or hypertension, diabetes, and constipation.
Also, a comprehensive study conducted in the Department of Biochemistry of the Ahamadu Bello University and published in the African Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy on the beneficial effects of Zobo leaves in diabetic rats reported that Zobo extracts significantly reduce the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBRS) and effected a considerable increase in the level packed cell volume (PCV) when compared with diabetic control group.
4. Kidney disease
The accumulation of uric and oxalic acid in the body can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
A phytochemical, pharmacological, toxicological analysis of the plant showed that the consumption of Zobo drink results in a significant decrease in the concentrations of creatinine, uric acid, citrate, tartrate, calcium, sodium, potassium, and phosphate in urine and improved kidney function.
So, people with kidney diseases are advised to consume Zobo drink.
Having known these benefits, why don’t we cut down on our soda and incorporate zobo into our diet?