Amazing health benefits of uziza leaf and seeds, how does uziza affect pregnancy?

Let us start by knowing the name of uziza proper. Uziza is actually the igbo name of the plant known scientifically as Piper guineense.

What is Uziza in Yoruba?ūüĎá

Ata iyere in Yoruba

What is Uziza leaf called in English?ūüĎá

Commonly called West African Black Pepper or Ashanti pepper, Piper guineense

This is the Spice seen in both #afiaefere #Ofensala and #Peppersoup

When you want to cook Pepper soup, Afia Efere, Nsala soup, egusi soup, ogbono soup etc. One of the important ingredient that comes on your list is Uziza seed or leaf also known as Odusa/Etinkeni. For that special Flavor and Aroma. it can also be used in other delicacies..it’s important to know what quantity to use…always remember that!

Health benefits of uziza
Blended uziza seeds ready to be used as spice

Uziza is a good source of roughages which help relive stomach aches and menstrual cramps.

It also helps a person who finds it difficult to have bowel movements for a few days which is caused by absence of dietary fiber

Uziza spice is quite rich in dietary fibre, it helps prevent constipation.

About uziza leaf and seed

Uziza is an African plant, of which two parts are used: the leaves and the berries which is known as the SEED{Piper Guineese}

The leaves, which have a peppery taste, are pale green when fresh, and darker green when frozen, dried, or ground and dried.
The leaves, whether whole or ground, are used in soups.The fresh leaves are usually washed and shredded before use.”Fresh” leaves are available frozen in North America and food stores but it’s grown in Nigeria.

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT OF UZIZA LEAVES AND SEEDS

Uziza leaves contain:

Protein
Dietary fiber
Alkaloids
Glycosides
Steriods
Flavonoids
Essential oils
Tannins
Saponins
Phenols
Peptide.

While theeaves itself contains 5‚Äď8% of the chemical piperine, which gives them their flavoring taste. They also have large amounts of beta-caryophyllene, which is an anti-inflammatory agent. It also contains notable amounts ofof myristicin, elemicin, safrole, and dillapiol, as well as a little amount of apiole which is are very much beneficial to health. (Europepmc.org)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF UZIZA LEAF AND SEEDS

„ÄčFertility treatment
„ÄčAnti-cancer
„ÄčTreats intestinal disorders.
„ÄčTreat rheumatism
„ÄčLower cholesterol
„Äčlowers blood sugar/ good for diabetic
„Äčlowers blood pressure/prevent hypertension
„ÄčAid postpartum recovery
„ÄčImprove appetite
„ÄčTreat dysentery/diarrhoea
„ÄčEase indigestion
„ÄčNatural insecticides/repels insects
„ÄčLose weight
„ÄčPain reliever
~ treats constipation
‚ě°ÔłŹimproves fertility especially ovulation and penile erections.
~ relieves stomach pain

Can pregnant women eat uziza leaf?

Yes, uziza is safe in pregnancy. There is no research-based knowledge that have shown that uziza is harmful to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Pregnant women can therefore enjoy delicacies made from uziza leave, seeds or roots with fear of any side effects.

Uziza leafs and seeds
Top: uziza leaf
Down: uziza seeds

CONCLUSION

Uziza leaves and seed have both medicinal and nutritional uses with obvious numerous health benefits. For medicinal uses, the leaves are commonly consumed as tea. The other way in obtaining the health benefits of uziza leaves is by boiling the fresh leaves and drinking the water as a herbal tea. Similarly, the leaves are often grounded and capsuled to be consumed as daily health supplement capsule.Uziza is very safe in pregnancy so pregnant women can eat it.

If its possible recommend UZIZA leaf and seed for all types of soups in all tribes. use this and enjoy a tasty soup experience ever…Thank me later.

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