Erukainure, senior research officer with Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos State, spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, Zobo drink, also known as hibiscus drink, helps in reducing cholesterol level, high blood pressure, diabetes and constipation in human system.
“Zobo drink contains between 15 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 added that drinking a cup of Zobo drink 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 the 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 showed such could lead to miscarriage.