By Aminat Mohammed
PUMPKIN’ leaves generally known as ‘ UGWU’ in Nigeria is a very nutritious vegetable, packed with lots of amazing health benefits, I’m sure we all are acquainted with this vegetable? The botanical name is “TELFAIRA OCCIDENTALIS”
Pumpkin is a very common vegetable in this part of the world and it has a great health benefits. Ugwu is been consumed in different ways.Alot of people prefer to prepare it with condiments that helps it wet their appetite, Some people blend it as shake with other fruits or vegetables, while some just wash and squeeze out the juice
Eating pumpkin leaves is good for proper and effective functioning of the heart, this vegetable has a very rich amount of fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, the Calorie level isn’t so high, and potassium.
A lot of people even ask if it can be eaten raw…why not? Pumpkin leaves can be eaten raw but cooking it brings out the original flavour of the leaf itself.
women who just put to birth are sometimes advised to prepare the mixture for themselves for quick restoration of lost blood as we also know that the leaf contains a very high amount of iron which helps to produce more blood, also the milk is highly nutritious as it helps in building the body and cells because it contains calcium which hastens the production of blood by the bone marrow which is distributed evenly around the body .
Here is just a few among many other benefits of consuming ugwu leaves
1. It is used for the prevention of
2. It lowers cholesterol
3. It boost fertility
4. It has a liver protection effect
5. It is used to cure anaemia
6. It is good for diabetic patients
7. It increases blood volume (natural blood tonic)
8. It contains anti-oxidant (anti-oxidants are natural substance that may prevent or delay some type of cell damage. They are found in many food, including fruits and vegetables )
9. It contains Beta-carotene which helps slow down ageing process .
These are just a few of the amazing benefits you can get from eating your pumpkin leaves; you should eat more of it as it is among the cheapest vegetables we have in Nigeria !