Hibiscus Flower- One of Nigeria’s Healthy, and Medicinal Plant

The Hibiscus plant popularly known in Nigeria as ‘Zobo leaf”, a genus of flower belonging to the Malvaceae family is native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, and also one of the preparation dynamics is that it can be made into powder, tea, extracts, with several health benefits- reducing blood pressure, lowers blood fat, it may help promote weight loss, reduce the growth of bacteria and cancer cells, improve metabolic syndrome, and support the health of the heart and liver and this is because it is high in antioxidants. Oxidative stress is thought to contribute to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.

Health issues: Cancer-related, the antioxidant compounds in hibiscus may also have anticancer properties. According to research, specifically, the “Test-tube studies” suggest hibiscus extract may inhibit enzymes involved in prostate cancer development and trigger the death of breast cancer and melanoma cells based on 26-27-and 28 Trusted sources. Hibiscus may even enhance the effect of chemotherapy treatments on breast cancer cells. However, research on the role of hibiscus in cancer treatment is preliminary and mostly limited to “test-tube studies”. Large-scale human trials are needed to verifiably learn more (that is, more human research is needed).

The Nigerian hibiscus, unique in nature, can grow up to 15 feet high and 6 feet wide. It is mostly sourced from six states in the country’s northern region, including Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, and Jigawa. Nigeria is one of the world’s major producers of Hibiscus. The extract from hibiscus flowers and leaves has many uses and benefits, medically or in industrial production. Medical experts said dried hibiscus flowers, usually used to prepare hibiscus tea, or called “zobo” in local parlance aid detoxification, It also helps in controlling cholesterol levels, darkens hair color, and slows aging and anti-aging properties. Hibiscus is one of the showiest flowers in the garden and look positively gorgeous when they begin to bloom, which is why they’re such popular summer flowers, the flowers also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Their blooms appear in mid-to-late summer, beginning in June and continuing into fall.

Dosage and Side effect

There are no standardized dosages for hibiscus preparations. The safety of other preparations, such as extracts, capsules, and powders, is not well known.

Note- Hibiscus could also interact with certain medications

  1. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not drink hibiscus tea or take hibiscus supplements due to a lack of evidence on the safety of the plant in these populations.
  2. In addition, hibiscus has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and blood sugar. Therefore, people with high blood pressure or diabetes who are taking medications should speak with a healthcare professional before trying them.

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