Sobolo/Zobo drink is one of the common drinks consumed by people in different parts of Africa, especially Ghana. The name of the drink varies from one country to another. Its grapery taste makes it a favourite choice for most people. Apart from its taste, people use it for medicinal purposes.
Sobolo/Zobo is simply hibiscus tea. So, you should not be surprised when someone refers to the beverage using the name. Currently, it is available in different variations giving its users a wide range of option to choose a flavour of their choice. Sobolo/Zobo drink has lots of benefits and a few side effects one should know before using it.
What is Sobolo made of?
Often, the drink is made from Hibiscus leaves or Basap leaves as they are commonly known in West Africa. Other ingredients may include ginger, sugar, as well as other spices depending on the taste one wants to achieve.
How to make Sobolo drink with pineapple
The pineapples are used to enhance its flavour and give it an appealing smell.
2 cups of dried hibiscus leaves/sobolo leaves
One cup of pineapple juice
½ cup of grounded ginger and cloves
3 tablespoons of sugar
4 cups of clean water
*Pour water into a saucepan.
*Add hibiscus leaves. Ensure the water fully covers them.
*Allow the mixture to boil for 10-15 minutes till colorized.
*Add sliced pineapple, cloves and ginger to the mixture and stir thoroughly until they fully blend.
*Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool.
*Add sugar and stir before storing the drink in the freezer or add few ice cubes.
Overall, the ingredients for sobolo drink are easy to find as most of them are available in our local groceries or nearby market. Considering the availability of the ingredients, do you have a reason not to make the drink at the comfort of your home?
Benefits of drinking hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus tea has plenty of benefits to the body. To name but a few, it regulates blood sugar levels in the body, helps with menstrual cramps, aids in digestion as well as other body-related complications. Well, here is a summary of its importance to the body.
1. Regulates blood sugar levels
A few cups of the drink have been proven to be more effective as compared to most hypertension drugs. Besides, it does not contain chemicals as it is the case to most hospital drugs. Precisely, three cups of the drink are said to have a significant effect worth trying.
2. It may lower cholesterol levels in the body
Often, we take in a lot of foods containing fats. Most of the fats form around the heart, putting one's life in danger. The drink contains an element known as bioflavonoids that may hinder cholesterol forming in the arteries.
3. May promotes liver health.
The juice contains calcium oxalate that has been established to breakdown kidney stones. Also, it has been linked to preventing possible damage to the liver.
4. The perfect solution to cold.
In addition to containing antioxidants, sobolo contains Vitamin C. The element is responsible for preventing various infections in the body, including flu, common cold among many others. Also, it may speed up the healing of wounds.
5. Weight loss Remedy.
The oxidants in Sobolo help to regulate body weight. Also, it has been proven to surpass a person’s appetite to some extent. This is good news because you do not need to buy pills or resolve to surgery.
Other benefits of the drink may include:
It helps to manage menstrual cramps
Can increase milk production
Contains laxative effects
Sobolo is not only tasty but also has many medicinal values to the body. The drink can easily be prepared at home using hibiscus leaves and other readily available ingredients. Its therapeutic components help to many health complications.
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