Hibiscus tea (sobolo drink) is a very popular beverage throughout the world and it is used as a medicinal tea.
Hibiscus flowers have a variety of names and is known as “Roselle ” in some places.
Hibiscus tea which is also known as sobolo drink in Ghana here is ruby in colour and it has a sour taste. For that reason, it is known as sour tea and it’s flavour is like that of cranberry.
The health benefits of hibiscus tea (sobolo) include : it’s ability to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, disturbed digestive and immune system and also inflammatory problems.
It helps to cure liver diseases and it decreases the chance of getting cancer. it has the ability to increase metabolism rate, and it can aid in healthy and gradual weight loss.
It is packed with lots of Vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants and it helps in the treatment of anxiety and hypertension.
The benefits of Hibiscus tea includes
- MANAGES BLOOD PRESSURE
Drinking sobolo lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.
A study was conducted by Odigie IP and it suggests its anti hypertensive and cardioprotective properties, which are beneficial for those suffering from hypertension and those at high risk of cardiovascular diseases.
2. LOWERS BAD CHOLESTROL.
It helps to reduce the level of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, and for that matter helping to protect you against heart diseases and also protecting blood vessels from damage.
The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be very beneficial to diabetic patients.
3. PROTECTS THE LIVER
Research has suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea also aids in the treatment of liver diseases.
Drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan by maintaining a good overall health.
4. CONTAINS ANTI- CANCER PROPERTIES
Hibiscus tea has protocatechuic acid ,anti tumor and also antioxidant properties
Hibiscus slows the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death)
5. ANTI INFLAMMATORY AND ANTIBACTERIAL AGENT.
It is packed with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and it’s important nutrient which your body needs to boost and trigger the activity of the immune system.
6.RELIEVES MENSTURAL PAIN
The health benefits of hibiscus tea includes relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It also helps in restoring hormonal balance as well, which reduces the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings and depression.
7. ANTIDEPRESSANT AGENT
Hibiscus tea has Vitamins and flavanoids which have antidepressant properties. Drinking hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, which can help reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind.