‘Zobo’ is a popular non-alcoholic local juice in Nigeria.
The drink is made from dried Roselle plant flowers called Hibiscus Sabdariffa and it can be taken either sweetened or unsweetened.
Packed with healing plant chemicals such as anthocyanins, polyphenols, and hibiscus acid, it is traditionally used as a cure for ailments such as minor coughs, stomach upset, poor appetite and bacterial or fungal infections.
It is called Sorrel by the Caribbeans, Karkade by Sudanese and Aguas Fercas by the Mexicans.
Often ruby red in colour with a sour-like taste, zobo is refreshing, satisfying and nourishing and you can spice it up by mixing with garlic, ginger, pineapple or any other fruit or flavour of your choice.
Here are five reasons zobo drink is good for your health
The drink is known to help control and reduce the risks of diabetes.
People who have diabetes can drink unsweetened zobo as the properties or nutrients contained in the drink is very helpful to them.
Reduces blood pressure
According to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Hibiscus Sabdariffa significantly lowered blood pressure by removing excess fluids and allowing the blood vessels to relax in people suffering from pre- and mild hypertension.
An average Nigerian suffers from high blood pressure and the lack of adequate health care facilities, drinking zobo can help to therefore reduce medical costs and prevent complications such as stroke, heart disease, and even death.
The nutrients such as Vitamin C, calcium, iron etc present in it can aid in boosting the immune system and metabolism.
Supports weight loss
Consuming too much sugar and starchy food can make one gain excess weight. Zobo drink is not only low in sugar but also fats and has high fibre content to aid digestion.
Those who intend to lose some weight can include zobo drink in their regular diet plan without adding sugar.
Boosts eye health
The carotene present in zobo leaves is converted to vitamin A in the body which is essential for healthy eyes. It helps prevent eye defects and aids clear and healthy vision.
Relieves menstrual pain
For women who suffer from menstrual cramps and pain at that time of the month, regular zobo consumption can help reduce the pain.