Health benefits of zobo drink and possible side effects
People seek natural ways to improve their health and lose some weight. Enjoying a glass of zobo drink is one such way.
- Zobo drink has many health benefits including, reducing blood pressure, aiding weight loss, and preventing kidney stones.
- Despite its numerous benefits, zobo drink also has some possible side effects, such as drug interactions and interacting with estrogen, a female hormone.
- Pregnant people should not take zobo drinks unless their medical provider says it's okay to.
The popular Zobo drink is made from dried roselle, scientifically called Hibiscus sabdariffa. In this article, we will talk about the various health benefits of the Zobo drink and some of its known side effects.
Hibiscus Sabdariffa is native to tropical Africa and is quite common in the tropics. Nigerians love Zobo drink; it is one of the country's most common and easy-to-process drinks.
Zobo drinks are reasonably priced; a bottle of zobo drink can be purchased for as little as N100. This means both the rich and the poor can benefit from the numerous health benefits of Zobo drink.
Zobo drink tastes good, is easy to find, and has a refreshing taste. It also has many health benefits.
The origin of Hibiscus Sabdariffa can be traced back to Sudan. It is worth noting that the Zobo drink was first used as a medical remedy in ancient Egypt.
Hibiscus water has always been known to increase libido in women; thus, women were forbidden from consuming hibiscus water before the advent of civilization. This should be listed as one of the health benefits of Zobo drink, as increasing libido would help women with low libido issues.
Zobo drink has been known to prevent leukemia (a type of cancer), decrease blood pressure, etc. Another good thing about the zobo drink is that it is easy to prepare and has a simple recipe.
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Health benefits of zobo drink
We cannot overlook the health benefits of the Zobo drink. Zobo drink has been proven to contain many nutrients, making it fit - almost everyone, including pregnant women.
The health benefits of zobo drink include:
Decrease in blood pressure
One of the health benefits of zobo drink is that it can stabilize blood pressure. Several studies suggest that Zobo drink reduces blood pressure very effectively, even in people with health problems that increase their high blood pressure risk.
Prevention of oxidative stress
There are a lot of antioxidants in Zobo drink, which are known to fight against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. This is due to the anthocyanins found in the plant, the natural pigments that make its flower red in color.
The oxidative effect of Zobo drink helps in the prevention of certain cancerous diseases like leukaemia.
Prevention of kidney stones
Since Zobo drink is a diuretic, it is studied in connection with the renal system and the urinary system. A study revealed that zobo drink would reduce the occurrence of compounds involved in forming kidney stones.
Harmful/side effects of zobo drink
As stated earlier, Zobo drink has proven to bear many health benefits, but the chemical composition of zobo drink has also made it harmful when abused.
Zobo drink has some harmful side effects, as listed below. The Harmful side-effects of zobo drink take effect when Zobo drink is abused recreationally.
Note the harmful effects of the Zobo drink below and drink with caution:
Interacts with estrogen
Zobo drink contains phytoestrogen, plant-based compounds that are similar to human estrogen. Phytoestrogen is known to interact with estrogen (a major female hormone). Therefore, Zobo drinks can disrupt the effectiveness of estrogen-based birth control pills.
Interacts with medications
Since zobo drink is an herb, it can interact with other medicines, which can cause more problems. The most concerning is interaction with acetaminophen (Paracetamol - you can read about Paracetamol abuse here).
There haven’t been enough studies to describe the risks yet fully, but we know that both are processed in your liver. So there are reasons to believe that zobo drink could be very toxic.
It is advised that you stop mixing Paracetamol and Zobo drinks.
Also, since Zobo drinks lower blood pressure; you should not take the drink if you’re on medication for blood pressure or blood sugar. The combination of zobo drink and blood pressure medications can lower your blood pressure too much, leading to hypotension, which is another health problem.
Effects of zobo drink on pregnant women
There are concerns that zobo drinks can cause miscarriage in pregnant women. For instance, an older 2013 study raises concern about this and advises cautious use of Hibiscus sabdarriffa tea during pregnancy.
Estrogen is one of the hormones that induce menstruation in women; as stated earlier, zobo drink affects and interacts with estrogen when abused.
Some studies have also shown that zobo drink could cause a pregnant woman’s period to return, leading to miscarriage. In addition, the safety of taking zobo drinks during breastfeeding is unknown, so it is best to avoid it.