Hibiscus tea(Zobo Drink) and Weight management.

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Hibiscus tea(zobo drink)  and Weight management.

Hibiscus tea popularly referred to as zobo drink in Nigeria is a herbal tea made from the calyces of the hibiscus plant. The plants botanical name is hibiscus sabdariffa though it is known by different names in many parts of the world.

This tasty and refreshing drink is loaded  with a lot of nutrients which include calcium, niacin, riboflavin, iron, vitamin C while having no caffeine content in it. According to Wikipedia. com, Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharidesand flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidinand delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour.

For people seeking to loss weight naturally, this tea may come in handy as it has qualities that help in weigh loss which includes,

Prevents carbohydrate absorption

Consumption of hibiscus tea can prevent the absorption of carbohydrate which invariably prevents gaining of excess body weight. Hibiscus tea contain an enzyme inhibitor called phaseolamin. This substance prevents the production of amylase an enzyme which break down complex carbohydrates and by so doing reduce absorbed carbohydrates in the body.

A research conducted in 2014 showed that obese people aged 18 to 65 who consumed hibiscus extract (zobo drink)  for 12 weeks had reduced body weight, body fat, body mass index. Also, tests showed lower free fatty acid, high levels of which are associated with obesity and diabetes.

Its a natural diuretic

Another way hibiscus extract acts as a weight management tool is through its diuretic property which aids in the excretion of excess fluid from the body. It gets rid of excess water retained in our bodies and prevent temporary bloating.

It contains anti oxidants.

Hibiscus tea(zobo drink)  contain a lot of anti oxidants which increase the body metabolism and the overall health of a person.  These anti oxidants also help to rid the body of free radicals and by so doing boosts the body  immune system.

Other benefits of hibiscus tea (zoo drink) include 

Lowers blood pressure

According to esgreen.com, a study of 70 people were a half of the people drank hibiscus tea daily and the other half took 25 mg of antihypertensive medicine twice daily. After a month, 79 per cent of
the tea drinkers experienced a ten point reduction in blood pressure, 84 per cent of the ones that took the pharmaceutical drug also experienced the same reduction in blood pressure. This study shows that hibiscus tea has the ability to lower blood pressure.
It soothes thirst

Hibiscus tea  can be taken either cold or hot. It can be used to quench thirst and it has a cooling effect on the body as a result of its diuretic property.

Treatment of  cold and cough

Hibiscus tea can be used to treat cold and cough.  It contains ascorbic acid which is vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that boosts the activities of the immune system. Hibiscus tea also has anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties this prevent you from catching cold or cough.

How to prepare hibiscus tea( zoo drink) 

Lightly rinse the zobo leaves in cold water. Wash the pineapple and peel the skin, slice and set it aside. Add the water in a pot and bring to a boiling point. As soon as sit starts boiling, add
the rinsed flowers, pineapple and ginger. Cover and boil for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and allow cooling for 5 minutes.

Using a large bowl, sieve the mixture to get the juice. Pour the drained
mixture into a pitcher, add additional water if desired and vanilla extract. Taste to gauge the level of sweetness before adding sugar.
Stir and refrigerate, best served chilled.




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