Zobo drink: Health Benefits and its side effects

Zobo drink: Health Benefits and its side effects

Zobo drink is a well known drink that is cheap and readily available in Nigeria market. It is red in color and with a flavor that can be likened to cranberry flavor. Zobo drink can be gotten from the dried calyces of Hibiscus plant flower.  It is also called an 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 that are listed below.

1. It helps in weight loss

Zobo drink helps in weight loss and can be used to maintain and control a healthy weight. It is low in fat and carbohydrate that are usually associated with weight gain. Also, zobo drink hinders the production of an enzyme Amylase that is indicated for the absorption of carbohydrates and starch in the body.

2. It is useful in high blood pressure

Zobo drink has been shown to reduce high blood pressure in people having mild high blood pressure and prehypertension. A study carried out by by Odigie IP showed that zobo drink has cardioprotective properties, which can be beneficial for people those are at high risks of heart diseases. It helps to reduce the levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and protecting blood vessels from injuries.

3. It boost good eye health and vision

Carotene (a tetraterpene) present in zobo leaves is converted by the body into vitamin A. vitamin A keeps the eyes healthy, it increases clear and healthy visions and protects eye problems like night blindness.
A combination of vitamin A and C strengthens immunity and guards against eye problems and also prevents eye problems associated with aging.

4. It boost the immune system

Zobo drink is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, these  vitamins enhances the immune system and fights against  all kinds of diseases and infections. Regular intake of zobo drink will increase the levels of vitamin C in your body and thus empower your immune system.Due to the high content of these vitamins,It fights inflammation and kills bacteria and this is helpful in treating colds and coughs.

5. It reduces menstrual pain and regulates menstrual period

Zobo drink is very effective in female reproductive health. It helps to balance female reproductive hormones and this helps to regulate an irregular period. Also,it helps to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and pelvis thereby relieving cramps associated with menstruation.

6. It improves sperm quality

It has been proven by research that moderate intake of Zobo drink helps to produce good sperm quality in males. It improves both the speed and size of the sperm. This is because of its high protein content.

7. It relieves constipation

Zobo drink contains high quantity of fiber which is very useful in combating constipation.This is  high fiber content also aids digestive health.

8. It relieves fatigue

Zobo drink can increase energy Levels during fatigue conditions. Riboflavin present in zobo leaves plays an important role in energy metabolism and thereby increases the levels of energy in the body. It increase the levels of energy and fight fatigue and minor cases of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Side effects of Zobo drink

Zobo drink when not taken in moderation can have some side effects.

1. Pregnancy and Lactation

Research has shown that Zobo drink is unsafe in pregnancy especially in the first three months of it. It can cause miscarriage due to its ability to lowers oestrogen in the body, so it can prompt menstruation that could ultimately lead to loss of pregnancy.
A research carried out by Dr Iyare  et al showed that intake of zobo drink during pregnancy decreases pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss. Similar study also showed that zobo drink when taken by breast feeding mothers decreases maternal food and fluid intake which is necessary for a nutritious breast milk. Hence zobo drink should be avoided in pregnant women and lactating mothers.

2. Hypotension

Zobo drink has the tendency of reducing high blood pressure hence it should not be taken with anti hypertensive agents because it can lead to hypotension which is fatal.

Zobo drink drink is an highly nutritious drink with wonderful health benefits like increasing the immunity of the body, good vision, reducing high blood pressure , increasing energy etc but it should be consumed in moderation to avoid the unwanted effect.