#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Zobo And Bone Strength

Q: Can zobo drink improve my bone to be strong?

A: Zobo is a drink made from the Hibiscus flower. This drink is known by many other names depending on where you come from. Some popular names include Karkadi, Karkada, Zenaf, Sour tea, Roselle and of course, Zobo! There are many more names, by the way…but this post is not about the many names of Zobo.

Some people drink Zobo, because there is an assumption that it is a healthier alternative sugary, soft drinks. Well, it depends. If you prepare it with bottles of the sugary soft drinks you were trying to avoid ab initio, then maybe, it may not be so healthy, right? 😀

Again, some of the touted benefits of Hibiscus on hypertension, cholesterol levels, colds etc do not really have significant medical evidence to back them up.

However, it has been shown that taking Zobo with Acetaminophen (our regular Paracetamol) may lead to a situation where your body gets rid of the drug faster than it would have done ordinarily. This implies that in a short while the effect of the Paracetamol would have worn off and the person probably back with the ache.

What of zobo and pregnancy? There is not sufficient evidence to really confirm that this and a lot of other herbal drinks are safe in pregnancy. It has been suggested in some quarters that Hibiscus in excessive amounts could lead to menstruation leading to miscarriages in pregnant women. The evidence for or against this is not in great supply but it is probably a great idea to give it a miss during pregnancy. I would do so 😀 And yes I know a lot of women indulge in gallons of the stuff with no side effects 😀 Better safe than sorry…just saying J

About zobo and bone strength…I do not have any information. I do know Spinach, Soybeans, White beans, some fish, like sardines, salmon and oatmeal, and breakfast cereal contain calcium and help increase bone strength


Have a great evening 😀



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