36 C
Lagos
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Advertisement

The Amazing Health Benefits of Uziza

Featured

What Are the Health Benefits of Eating Caviar?

Caviar is mainly consumed at lavish parties with luxurious crackers and premium champagne but these pricey fish eggs are so much more than a...

Dyslexia: Could This Be the Cause of Your Child’s Inability to Learn?

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities that is found in children and it can be seen to occur throughout the child's...

Copper Deficiency – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Copper is an element that exists naturally in is required by the body in trace amounts for survival. It is found in all body...

Effects of Sleeping With Lights ON

Are you the type that cannot sleep without putting your light on? If you do, you must put an end to that. It is...

How to lose belly fat – A Guide for you

Having fat in the belly zone is nothing better than a nightmare and none of us want to have it in our life. What...

Here’s Why You Should Have Household Meetings

Household or family meetings seem to have gone out of style, but there are many reasons that you may want to bring back the...

Ovarian Cysts: Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Ovarian Cyst is one of the most rarely type of diagnosed disease in women but it's one of the leading causes of infertility in...

No Prescriptions for Medicine

When you're in pain, you might think that you have to go to a doctor to find any kind of relief. This is often...

When Should you Test your Child for Peanut Allergies?

It is dreadful to find out that your child could be allergic to peanuts. For both the parent and child, it will be a...

7 Ways to Help Kids Get Rid of Dental Fear

Do little Logan’s trips to the dentist usually translate to endless toy briberies and loud screaming and kicking in the car? Kids see dental...
Avatar
Oluwafemi Michael
Oluwafemi Michael is an online Mental Health Therapist, Advocate for Mental Health Awareness, a programmer, and also a content creator from Edo state, Akoko-Edo LG.

We all know how essential salt is to our food and the role it plays in our health. But we can’t deny that salt isn’t the only compound our food needs to have a great taste.

Advertisement

Organic spices like Uziza have numerous health benefits and this is a plant that produces leaves and fruits (that is mostly referred to as uziza seeds) used to spice up food.

Spices are added to food to make it taste better, and to also provide the body with nutrients required to function better. Organic spices like Uziza play an essential role in helping the body rebuild its cells, repair tissues, and to synthesize essential chemicals in the body like our hormones and enzymes.

The Piper Guineese, generally known as Uziza, is a natural spice that packs plenty of nutritional benefits. Piper Guineese, locally known as Uziza is popular in Nigeria and other parts of west Africa. It is also referred to as kukauabe, Benin pepper, false cubeb, Guinea cubeb, and Ashanti pepper in several parts of West Africa.

Uziza is green when fresh, but when dried, it turns dark green, and it has a peppery taste. The leaves of Uziza can be freshly prepared by properly washing and slicing it into tiny pieces before adding it to your food. Let it cook for about 12 minutes then serve.

It can also be grounded and added to meals. Either way, you still get its tasty effect. Uziza seed, like black pepper, can also be used to prepare foods. The health benefits of Uziza are numerous, and that’s what we would be discussing in this article.

Nutritional qualities of Uziza

Uziza leaves contain the following;

  • Alkaloids
  • Protein
  • Dietary fiber
  • Steroids
  • Peptide
  • Phenols
  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Essential oils
  • Glycosides
  • Flavonoids

The fruits produced from the Uziza tree includes 5 to 8 % of piperine, which is responsible for their flavoring taste. It is also rich in an anti-inflammatory agent known as beta-caryophyllene. Let’s not forget other active compounds like elemicin, myristicin, dillapiol, apoile, and safrole.

Health benefits of Uziza

Not just the leaves, but the fruits of Uziza are beneficial for human consumption. The Uziza tree produces Uziza leaves and Uziza fruits, which is also referred to as Uziza seed. Let’s have a look at some amazing health benefits of Uziza.

1. Prevents constipation

Constipation occurs when bowel movement becomes difficult for a couple of days. Most times, people experience constipation when there are no roughages in their food. Roughages are considered dietary fibers that assist in promoting bowel movements and prevent constipation.

Advertisement

Fortunately, Uziza is very rich in dietary fiber. Research has shown that adding Uziza to your meal not only guarantees the right amount of roughages, but it also helps to keep constipation at bay. However, Uziza can only be used to prevent constipation rather than treat it.

2. Relieves cough

Generally, people take spices to clear their throat. This is common with many spices, and Uziza is no exception. Like magic, this spice can clear clogged air-way, stop cough and clear mucus blocking the throat.

You can quickly grind Uziza leaves and add them to clean boiled water in a bowl. Let it stay for about 10 to 15 minutes before sieving the solution.

Sip on the warm water and enjoy it’s relaxing effect as it warms its way down your body, clearing cough and easing your breathing.

3. Prevents cancer

The leading cause of cancerous growth in the body is free radicals. When we eat anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory consistently, these free radicals will become neutralized, hence reducing the chances of the body growing cancerous cells.

Uziza has a secret compound known as flavonoid, which is a potent antioxidant that can help counter free radicals inside the body.

4. Improves fertility

Traditionally, Uziza can be applied in some local herbal concoction to treat infertility. It is taken with honey to combat infertility problems in women. It is also taken by men to improve their sperm counts.

Uziza leaves are also used in the eastern parts of Nigeria by midwives to maximize the contraction rate during childbirth.

Unfortunately, a study in Cameroon focused on the effect of the extract of dry Uziza fruits on the reproductive function of male rats(adults), found out that it maximized reproductive function after 7-8 days of treatment, but began to show adverse effects in the rats after 55 days.

This means that the long-term use of Uziza might have a negative impact on male fertility.

Advertisement

5. Treats diarrhea

There are some powerful minerals present in Uziza that can be taken to fight diarrhea-causing micro-organisms in the body. You can include Uziza to your meal to serve as an excellent preventive measure against diarrhea.

You could also maximize your intake of Uziza leaves if you’re already experiencing diarrhea. Don’t also forget to drink plenty of water to help you stay hydrated.

6. Reducing stomach ache

Since Uziza is a good source of roughages, it can help remedy stomach pains and help stop menstrual cramps.

More health benefits of Uziza

Other benefits of taken Uziza pepper include adding it to warm water or eaten whole in the treatment of cough, prevention of hypertension, treatment of rheumatism, prevention of diabetes, and to improve a person’s appetite.

Uziza leaves also helps to repel mosquitoes from homes. Instead of mosquito coils, people put Uziza leaves close to their beds when they sleep. This is because this magic leaf gives off a strong scent that helps to repel mosquitoes. Some insecticides are made using compounds extracted from Uziza leaves.

Pregnancy and Uziza

Many people may want to know if uziza seeds of leaves can affect fertility. While this is worth giving a thought, there are no medical shreds of evidence or links to suggest that Uziza can affect pregnancy. There’s also no proof, medically or traditionally, of Uziza being used as a contraceptive or being able to cause miscarriage.

Bear this in mind; it’s been advised that pregnant women should stay away from too much pepper, including spicy foods like Uziza, during pregnancy.

Conclusion

The seeds and leaves of the Uziza plant can be used to make delicious cuisines. This plant packs tons of medicinal properties that are very beneficial to our health. The seeds of this plant can be used to spice your food while the leaves can be used to prepare a delicious Uziza soup.

Have you ever had the Uziza soup before? Ever made use of the seeds in your meal? Do you know of any other health benefits of Uziza you’d like to share? Kindly drop your comments in the box below

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending now

Cold Water Vs Warm Water: One of Them is Damaging to Your Health

Most people reach for a cup of coffee or a cold cup of water right upon waking up. But, it turns out that in...

9 Diseases That Lemon Can Destroy!

Lemon is one of nature’s many wonders. The citrus fruit has numerous health and beauty benefits – it can reinforce the immune system, improve...

Eating Vaginal Discharge and It’s Health Benefits

For many people, vaginal discharge is a sign that a woman is ready and willing to have sex. Vaginal fluid is a whitish fluid...

Genital Warts: Do They Go Away Naturally? What to Expect?

Human Papilloma Virus is the causative organism for genital warts. The virus is available in various strains, and it can be contacted by many...

Anklet Charms and Hot Wives What Do They Mean?

Women all over the world love to accessorise. From putting on necklaces to wearing makeup and buying the latest trending clothes, women are ready...

Fun Foods for Camping

Cooking can be the biggest part of the fun you have while out camping. Your appetite will absolutely open up once you are in...

Kinky Sex Punishment Ideas You Should Try

Is your submissive being a spoilt little brat? Are you noticing some unwanted behaviour? Do not be dismayed. Sometimes subs can be naughty, and...

How to Increase Appetite in Children Naturally?

Poor appetite is the leading cause of malnutrition in children; every child pass through this phase at a point in their lives, others make...

12 Most Dangerous Cancer Causing Products in Your Home Today

The dozen products you will see on the list below are considered carcinogenic. You might be surprised to learn that some of these common...

Scarves Are Perfect for Kinky Sex

Scarves are one fashion item I love a lot. For some reasons, these light pieces are the best friend a girl can ever have...

Friends