Benefits of Zobo


Zobo, an ancient locally prepared drink, has a lot of medicinal properties which can be used to treat ailments such as high blood pressure and kidney diseases

By Chinwe Okafor  |  Feb. 3, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT

THE Hibiscus drink popularly known as Zobo is a super drink which is slightly thick, colourful, pleasant and tasty. The Hibiscus leaf is used in many parts of the world to make both cold and hot drinks. It contains a high concentration of water-soluble antioxidants and is filled with huge amounts of vitamin C. Zobo, an ancient local drink, which has been consumed in several parts of the world for centuries, is also used to help treat several health problems such as high blood pressure, loss of appetite, liver diseases and fever among others.

Dried hibiscus flower
Dried hibiscus flower

Zobo drink contains 15 to 30 percent organic acids which include citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinine. The drink is popular as a natural diuretic and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. Dieters and people with kidney problems often take it without adding sugar for its beneficial properties.

A 2008 United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, study said consuming hibiscus tea or zobo drink lowed blood pressure in a group of prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. According to The Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which was published May 2008, hibiscus tea improved the kidney’s ability to filter out waste products which are the uric and oxalic acid, both of which can form kidney stones if they accumulate to excessively high levels.

Also, nutritionists said the drink could be very effective in the management of hypertension because it has some anti-hypertensive properties, which helps to reduce cholesterol level, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes and constipation. It also helps to retain fluid in the body system and has antibacterial properties which help to kill bacteria and worms in the body system. It is caffeine-free and has riboflavin, niacin, carotene, calcium, and iron, which are all nutritionally necessary.

Health experts have advised people on the health benefits of taking natural drinks such as Zobo. Uche Umeche, a nutritionist in Lagos, said: “Local drinks, from nutritionist point of view, are natural and I always advise people to go for local beverages than those made with preservatives because it is through the process of fermentation that the local drinks are produced.” Umeche, said that fermentation introduces microorganisms which works on the original product to produce a new product that has more nutrients and nourishes the body. “We are not saying that because local drinks are more nutritious, people should go ahead and drink a drum of zobo. Moderation should be the watchword.”

Zobo drink with ice cubes
Zobo drink with ice cubes

Abimbola Ajayi, another nutritionist and director, Family Health and Nutrition, ministry of health, Lagos State, said that Zobo drink helps to lower blood pressure as it contains an enzyme inhibitor which blocks the production of amylase. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down complex sugars and starches. “Drinking a cup of hisbicus tea or zobo after meals is said to reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and assist in weight loss. It is rich in Vitamin C and makes a wonderful herbal remedy to fight off colds and infections,” Ajayi said.

However, although hibiscus seems to be safe for most people, research findings show that it is unsafe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Realnews findings also reveal that the drink has no harmful effect on the liver but when consumed in high doses could be harmful to the kidney.

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  1. I really appreciate this beacuase I actually needed to find out the health benefits of Zobo which I experienced after taking it very well 4 some days

  2. Think Zobo,think Zobotiser,it’s all in content,Naturally Healthy…good for can order for our product.(Nafdac certified)

  3. Thanks. Why is zobo not save for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
    Can you take it if you are expecting to be pregnant?

  4. Wow this is quite interesting.I’ve been looking 4 zobo’s health benefit nd I find dis helpful cos I drink zobo(mix wit pineapple flavour)evryday

  5. I know how to do this zobo very well with natural preservative but i dont know the procedure to follow to get Nafdac No? Reply pls.

  6. This is God’s sent. Thank you very much. But what quantity can be considered as too much?, I take zobo very day without sugar

  7. Please what quantity of zobo is over dose, and can it help one with kidney stone?
    Thanks for this information and may God bless you as you reply.

  8. I really appreciate these messages about Zobo. I do not like taken zobo because I was scared that it will effect in stomach as its changes tongue when we drink. But now I will start drinkin it and learn how to make it myself. Thanks for the research report

  9. So glad to see this recipe. I want to make this especially for my friend who makes me drive to Washington D.C. just so she can get one cup of it

  10. Thanks for this enlightenment. Does ZOBO interact with Bllod pressure medications? When is best time to take it.and what dosage for adults?

  11. Thanks for the information about Zobo drink. It has clarify some doubt about it, especially it’s health benefits. I want to know more of Zobo concerning lowering of blood pressure, appetite and effect on pregnant women.

  12. This is a very educative article, more grease to your elbows. I’m writing on suitability of using the plant for making the drink, a review work, kindly assist me with some research findings on this drink.

  13. I appreciate this information,never knew they were health benefits to zobo plants, this is good to know…Tnx for sharing

  14. I am confused. Your article at first, claims that zobo is a diuretic. My understanding of a diuretic is that it depletes your body of water. How then can you say later in the same article that zobo helps your body to retain water? It’s confusing to me. It probably is a typo. Can you please email me at my email address. You can post my comment as well if you wish. Thank you.

  15. Hi! In your article about zobo, at first you refer to it as a diuretic. From what I understand about diuretics they deplete your body of water through the process of urination. Right! Well, later in the same article, you say that zobo helps your body retain fluids. Which is it. Do you retain water or discard water with zobo? Please can you respond to these questions through my email address? That’s why you ask for my email right? But feel free to post it as well. I just don’t know if I’ll be able to find this website again to read your response. Thank you.


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