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Health Tips 12 benefits of Pumpkin leaves(Ugwu)

Nigerian fluted pumpkin(Ugwu) leaves have a lot of healthy benefits, take a look at twelve of them.

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Fluted pumpkin (Ugwu)is one of the commonly consumed dark green leafy vegetables in Nigeria and many of us in Nigeria have been eating Ugwu without really realising the benefits.

This type of dark green leafy vegetable is so versatile and can be recognised as a panacea to cure some of our hunger as well as illness if only we can look deep into its benefits.

While many people prefer to cook it as a vegetable with all the condiments that help wet the appetite, some just boil and eat it plain like that or blend it into a shake.

What ever the case may be, there are guaranteed level of various nutrients with any style.

See the following health benefits of Ugwu:

  1. Contains a healthy amount of vitamins.
  2. Prevention of convulsion- the young leaves are sliced and mixed with salt and coconut water and then stored in a bottle for treatment of convulsion.
  3. Lowers cholesterol- leaves have hypolipdemic effect and may be a useful therapy in hypercholestolemia.
  4. Boosts fertility- a study shows that ugu has the ability to regenerate testicular damage and increase spermatogenesis.
  5. Protects the liver.
  6. It has antibacterial effect.
  7. Rich in iron and can be used to cure anaemia.
  8. Can be used by nursing mothers to lactate properly.
  9. Is good for diabetics as it has sugar reducing effects.
  10. Increases blood volume.
  11. Boosts immune system.
  12. Has high protein content.
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