Zobo drink is a beverage from Roselle leaves (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) known in the northern part of Nigeria as ‘Zoborodo’. As a Nigerian who grew up in Nigeria, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen, heard about or even drank a bottle of zobo drink. Usually served cold, well-made zobo drink heats up your throat as soon as you gulp it down and that’s because of the nutritious ingredients that are usually added, like ginger. On its own, though without any additional ingredients, those hibiscus flowers used in making zobo is highly nutritious and, of course, there are also many other benefits of Zobo drink as well.
It may interest you to know that Nigerians are not the only ones who take zobo drink. People from different parts of the world drink it occasionally especially because of its numerous health benefits. Some of the names it is called in other parts of the world include sour tea, Hibiscus tea and Karkade.
If you are a fan of this drink because of its health benefits, you may have heard that it impacts fertility (for both genders). But are all the effects of zobo drink on fertility good ones? Read on to discover some of the general benefits of zobo drink as well as its effects on fertility—both good and bad.
Benefits of Zobo Drink
Aids Weight Loss
The nutrients in zobo like carotene and ferrous increase the rate of metabolism and reduce appetite which is good for weight loss. The drink is also known to elevate your mood, making you feel less stressed and stress for some people, causes weight gain.
Keeps The Eyes Healthy
The carotene present in zobo leaves makes this possible. When you consume zobo, the body converts this carotene to vitamin A which prevents eye problems and boosts clear vision. Aging individuals will greatly benefit from taking this drink.
Fights High Blood Pressure
Zobo drink contains enzyme inhibitors that prevent the production of amylase by breaking down complex sugars and starches. This helps lower blood pressure. Zobo drink is not good for people with a low blood pressure as it can further lower your blood pressure and make you feel worse.
Symptoms of anemia include weakness and fatigue. Experiencing any of those symptoms for a long time may mean you have anema—oxygen is not circulating through your body as it should. The rich iron content in zobo can help with the transportation of oxygen by increasing your hemoglobin levels and making new red blood cells.
Supports The Digestive System
If you often suffer digestive problems like indigestion or constipation, taking zobo drink may solve those problems as the leaves used in making zobo contain a high amount of fiber.
Those are some of the general benefits of zobo drink on the body, moving on now to how it affects fertility.
Effects of Zobo Drink on Fertility
Improves Sperm count and motility
Zobo drink is very effective on male fertility. In case you don’t know, infertility is not exclusive to women. In fact, statistics show that among 30% of couples who struggle to make a baby, the man is usually the infertile one. So how does zobo drink help solve male infertility? It does that by improving your sperm quality. For better results, pair this drink with ginger and consume regularly.
As a woman who suffers irregular menstruation, taking zobo drink can help restore balance.
Reduces menstrual pain
Zobo drink is also great for women who suffer painful cramps while menstruating as it provides natural relief.
However, zobo drink is not as good on women fertility as it is on men’s and here’s why:
Reduces the production of oestrogen
Low oestrogen means no ovulation and when you are not ovulating, you can’t get pregnant. Taking zobo drink every day can lower your chances of getting pregnant but once you stay away from the drink, your fertility level will go back up.
Can cause miscarriage or premature labour
As zobo drink stimulates menstrual flow, consuming the drink during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or premature labour. Experts advise that pregnant women avoid taking this drink on a regular basis. It may not be a good idea to completely cut it out of your diet as the drink also contains antioxidants that can protect you and your baby from toxins in the environment.
The effects of zobo drink on our health are quite ironical (can stimulate the menses and also prevent you from getting pregnant). Anyway, the information available here should guide you on how best to take zobo drink. If you are trying to get pregnant, you may have to reduce your intake of the drink and avoid it or cut back on it when you are pregnant.