Do you also know that the popular drink called “Zobo drink” is made from the Hibiscus flower?
And that is why this drink is also called the Hibiscus tea.
The word “Zobo” is culled from the name “Zoborodo”, which the northerners in Nigeria gave it.
And yes, the “Zobo” drink is a healthy and medicinal drink as well.
Research studies have shown that among the medicinal values that the “Zobo” drink offers is its ability to tackle high blood pressure.
Several studies have shown that drinking “Zobo” drink has almost the same effectiveness on hypertensive patients as the regular anti-hypertension drugs do.
Here Are Some of Such Research Studies…
Case Study #1
A group of Iranian scientists subjected 60 mildly hypertensive, but diabetic patients whose initial blood pressure readings were 134/80 to a twice daily in take of the Hibiscus tea over a 30 day period. And their blood pressure readings were taken on day 1, day 15, and finally on day 30, and it was discovered that on the 30th day, that their blood pressure readings went down to 112/70.
Though this study was conducted using two groups of people. One group was placed on Hibiscus tea, and the other group on black tea. It was discovered that those on black tea didn’t have as much positive effect on the BP level.
You can read the study yourself from here The Iranian Hibiscus Study on Hypertension.
Case Study #2
According to another authoritative health source, the WebMd, it says, drinking the Hibiscus tea (Zobo drink) 3 times daily helps to lower hypertension.
And for people who have been drinking this tea, it has lowered their systolic blood pressure by an average of 7 points.
A 7-point drop in blood pressure may not look like much, however, when sustained over time, research studies have shown that “even small changes in blood pressure when maintained over time… surely reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack”.
Case Study #3
Other research studies have also been conducted where the hibiscus tea is given to two groups of people. One group is on normal hypertensive drugs (Lisinopril, Zestril, Prinivil; 10 milligrams per day) and the other group on just 250 milligrams of hibiscus as a capsule.
At the end of the study, 4 weeks later, the hibiscus component has almost the same effects with high blood pressure medications. There was a 15 percent decrease in the group that took regular medications, while there was a 12 percent decrease in blood pressure reading among those taking hibiscus.
All of these research evidence is telling us that every hypertensive person can actually improve his/her condition by learning how to take the “Zobo” drink at least twice every day, and possibly replace this medications with this natural drink.
If you want to know whether this is effective, try doing that for a 30 days period, and I’m sure your blood pressure readings will be lowered, and since it has the same effects with the chemical drugs, there may be no need to continue taking the medication drugs every day.
However, caution should be exercised as every hypertensive patients as a matter of fact must have his blood pressure checked regularly. Having a home electronic blood pressure monitor may be the best to know whether to continue taking your hypertensive drugs or not after using the Hibiscus tea for a while.
Apart from helping to lower blood pressure, the “Zobo” drink also has other positive health effects.
Other Health Benefits of The “Zobo” Drink
- It is very rich in vitamin C
- Help in preventing bladder infections
- Good source of anti-oxidants
- Controls cholesterol build up
- Treats people with athlete’s foot fungus
Times When Taking ‘Zobo’ Drink Can Be Dangerous To Health
In spite of the fact that Zobo drink is a healthy choice, there are some health dangers when taken by certain group of persons.
Please DO NOT drink the “Zobo” drink if you fall among these people.
- If you’re pregnant or nursing a baby, as effects on child development is not yet studied.
- If you’re currently on anti-inflammatory medication, or taken drugs containing Acetaminophen, such as Actifed, some cold & cough medicines like Codeine, and some pain relievers.
- If you have low blood pressure, as the tea could lower your blood pressure further which could be bad for your health.
- If you’re driving or operating a heavy machinery as the tea sometimes causes drowsiness.
Now, that you have known that the “Zobo” drink is healthy. The natural thing is to want to include it as part of the healthy drinks that you will be taken regularly or as a drink occasionally.
How can you prepare it if you do not trust the sanitary conditions of the ones sold in the market?
How To Prepare The “Zobo” Drink At Home
- 4 or 5 litres of water
- 5 or 6 cups of dried hibiscus(zobo) leaves
- 3 or 4 fingers of Ginger
- 1 or 2 sachets of Pineapple flavor
You can get any of these natural Zobo flavour (sweeteners) from wherever you buy the “Zobo” leaves. These flavours are better than refined sugars.
- Step 1: Pick out all the unwanted substance from the Zobo leaves.
- Step 2: Place 4 litres of water on the cooking stove.
- Step 3: Wash the Zobo leaves briefly in water, and transfer immediately to the boiling water. Please DO NOT soak, as this will wash away the nutrients.
- Step 4: Cook to boil, then add your pounded or sliced ginger into the mix.
- Step 5: Add the sweetener or your favourite flavour as well.
- Step 6: Allow to boil for another 10 – 15 minutes.
- Step 7: Filter the content with a bottle and refrigerate
Time spent = 20 – 30 minutes. Served chilled.
Once you have it made and refrigerated, you can store in the fridge and take as many times as you wish.
Reasons Why Hibiscus Lowers Blood Pressure
Many have wondered why hibiscus or the “Zobo” drink lowers blood pressure successfully.
Well, according to research studies, it has been discovered that Hibiscus has a diuretic properties, that is ability to open arteries, and helps the body to slow the release of hormones that constricts blood vessels, this effect reduces the pressure exerted on the walls of blood vessels, by the action of the heart to pump blood to other parts of the body, which consequently leads to a lowering of blood pressure in hypertensive people.
Above all, the Hibiscus (Zobo) drink is a 100% natural plant with no additives, or chemicals that go through industrial process, so it is a safe alternative for health reasons.
For a hypertensive patient, it’s always a good idea to give it a try, and if possible lower the amount of medication drugs used daily.
However, to maintain your blood pressure for life, a decrease in your weight is a MUST.
The reason is because obesity or being overweight puts more pressure on the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body which ultimately causes hypertension over time.
If you want to maintain your blood pressure or say good bye to hypertension, there are few natural things you need to do.
- Lose weight
- Have enough rest (sleep for 7 – 8 hours daily)
- Eat healthy and natural
- Exercise regularly
- Make taking the “Zobo” drink a regular thing
And if you want to start immediately, get a pack of Clean-9 to help you shed those unwanted ugly belly fat once and for all.
Nature has provided us with all the medicine we need to be healthy. And it has done this through the provision of plants which some of our foods come from. In fact it is said that Food is Medicine. If we make the attempt to live a healthy life, then sicknesses like hypertension, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases will never affect us, and we can live long enough.
The “Zobo” drink apart from its nutritional and health values is one of the most refreshing drinks you can have in your refrigerator. Overtime, you will come to love this wonderful natural drink and your body will thank you for it.
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