Hibiscus tea popularly known in Nigeria as Zobo drink is not only a herbal tea, it is also served as cocktail drink. This is made by steeping parts of the hibiscus plant in boiling water. Research has uncovered a range of health benefits linked to Zobo such as, it may lower blood pressure, fight bacteria and even aid weight loss. Here are a few other revealing benefits;
1. It is full of antioxidants
It is well known that antioxidants are molecules that help fight compounds called free radicals, which cause damage to your cells. Hibiscus tea is rich in powerful antioxidants and may help prevent damage and disease.
2. It may help lower blood pressure
High blood pressure can place extra strain on the heart and cause it to weaken. And one of the most impressive and well-known benefits of hibiscus tea is that it may lower blood pressure.
3. Boosts liver health
Studies have shown that hibiscus may promote liver health and help keep it working efficiently. Further research is however needed to know how hibiscus tea affects liver health in humans.
4. Contains compounds that may prevent cancer
Hibiscus is high in polyphenols, which are compounds that have been shown to possess powerful anti-cancer properties. Studies have also found impressive results regarding the potential effect of hibiscus extract on cancer cells.
5. Helps fight bacteria
In addition to having antioxidant and anticancer properties, one test-tube study found that hibiscus extract inhibited the activity of E. coli, a strain of bacteria that can cause symptoms like cramping, gas and diarrhea.