Sobolo, aslo known as hibiscus tea is widely used in modern culture as a mild yet natural diuretic.It is a delicious, healthy drink made from the petals of the Hibiscus flower.

This beverage is widely appreciated in most parts of Africa and the world. Sobolo has gained much popularity among Ghanaians. Different variations of the drink now, with added flavours to improve taste.

Pulse.com.gh brings you 5 surprising health benefits of sobolo drink.

1. Reduces blood pressure

Studies says that drinking just 8 ounces 3 times each day will seriously help you to keep your blood pressure under control. Some studies suggest that hibiscus tea works better than most high blood pressure medications. This is because it is natural and has less side effects than prescription medication. You can effectively lower your blood pressure by at least 10 points if you drink it 3 times daily for just a couple of weeks.

2.Decreases Cholesterol Level

Research have shown that sobolo is very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. It contains bioflavonoids that help to prevent plaque from building up on the walls of your arteries which lowers your cholesterol and helps to prevent a number of other serious diseases.

3. Helps in weight loss

Sobolo is a natural appetite suppressant. Studies have shown that drinking a cup of Sobolo after meals aids in weight control. No need worrying about taking diet pills or having surgery to shrink your stomach. The oxidants in the Hibiscus tea helps to reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and helps in weight loss.

4. Treats Cold

It is packed with lots of Vitamin C which helps to prevent common cold, flu and other infectious illnesses. Taking it when one feels the symptoms of a cold coming on helps relieve the cold quickly.  Research also proves the drink to be very effective in helping open wounds to heal up to twice as quickly.