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Zobo Drink Effective in Management of Hypertension – Nutritionist




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Consumption of  ‘Zobo’ drink is very effective in the management of hypertension due to its anti-hypertensive properties, says Dr. Ochuko Erukainure, a nutritional biochemist.

Erukainure, a senior research officer with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos State, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According him, zobo drink also known as hibiscus drink also helps in reducing cholesterol level, high blood pressure, diabetes and constipation in the human system.

“Zobo drink contains between 15 per cent and 30 per cent organic acids such as: citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanide and delphine. Zobo drink helps to lower blood pressure as it contains an enzyme inhibitor which blocks the production of amylase,’’ he said.

According to him, amylase is an enzyme that breaks down complex sugars and starches,

Erukainure also said that drinking a cup of zobo after every meal would help 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 as well as help to retain fluid in the body system,’’ Erukainure said.

The senior researcher advised consumers not to add sugar to their zobo drink so that its natural essence could be well-preserved and not contaminated by other non-natural essences.

Erukainure, however, advised pregnant women against consuming zobo drink saying some studies had shown that such could lead to miscarriage.

“Its safety during breast feeding is unknown and, therefore, it is best to avoid zobo drink then also.’’

Erukainure said that patients diagnosed with low blood-pressure should not to drink it and if they should, they should consult their doctors before doing so.

The senior researcher also said that some pregnant women were allergic to consuming zobo drink as it might lead to their developing itchy red eyes, sinus or hay fever.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Noni

    December 30, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I have constipation. This is my excuse to go make myself some Zobo *licks lips*

  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    December 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Zobo drink when consumed in large amount acts as a laxative

    • missnk

      December 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I didn’t know this till a week ago when long throat made me drink alot. Lord knows the the stress I went through, I practically lived in the toilet for a whole day

  3. tunmi

    December 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Research for the win ?????

  4. larrymoore

    December 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    majority of zobo makers can’t be natural without sugar addictive.

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