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10 Medicinal Benefits of Gangronema Latifolium (Utazi Leave in Igbo) That You don’t Know

A healthy body is the number one priority for every person. Not only medication or workouts can help you stay healthy but some local plants and leaves can also be helpful. Utazi leaves are one of the most popular leaves that can not only help you keep your body healthy but also increase your fertility. This sort of natural treatment has long been noted by Nigerian women as being very useful.

Gangronema latifolium (Utazi) is a heart-shaped leaf with a characteristic of a slightly bitter-sweet taste, especially when eating it fresh. It belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family of plants and is widely used in tropical countries in the Western African region. It is grown mostly in countries like Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal. Utazi is a tropical rainforest plant that is used primarily as a vegetable or spice. It is a climbing shrub with a woody base and hollow stems lengthening up to five meters. In west Nigeria, it is called aroke. The leaves of this plant are long, heart-shaped, or oval; small, yellowish-green flowers. The shrub is seasonal-between July and September, it flowers. This is the best time to gather bitter and slightly sweet leaves over the rest of the year to take advantage of the utazi benefits. Most Utazi leaves can be found in the South of Nigeria.

For these leaves each tribe in Nigeria also has a different name. The Igbo tribe calls this Utazi but in the Yoruba language it is called Arokeke. These are the names of the Efik and Ibibio tribes that depart from Utasi. All parts of this herb, including seeds and roots, are widely used. Of course there is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of leaves from Utazi. Gongronema latifolium (Utazi) leaves have a bitter taste and are made up of essential oils, alkaloids, various minerals , vitamins, and some basic amino acids. The leaves are nutritionally high and contain nutrients such as potassium , calcium , sodium, protein, copper , manganese, and fiber. What matters most, though, is they can boost your fertility!

How to use utazi leaves

Natural pharmacy continues to be a good alternative for pills and antibiotics, particularly when you know what to use and how to use. Utazi leaf (or utazi English name for Gongronema latifolium) is one of those herbs with many benefits for the human body. The fresh leaves can be chewed or stemmed, or the sap extracted with water or palm wine. Boiling water (as tea) or boiling (decoction) can equally infuse the entire plant.The leaves of this herb are widely used in the southern part of Nigeria for nutritional purposes , particularly among the people of Southeast and South-South, including as a spice and vegetable to garnish some special local delicacies, such as Isiewu, nkwobi, abacha / ugba (African salad) ofe nsala (white soup), unripe plantain porridge, etc., due to its sharp-bitter and sweet taste.

In several local “joints,” where people enjoy Isiewu, nkwobi and abacha / ugba (African salad) with palm wine or beer, the leaves are usually added to these delicacies, to help avoid drunkenness or hangover.

Nutritional benefits

Utazi is rich in protein, fatty acids, and amino acids. Such properties make them an excellent food substitute, suitable for daily use in food processing and cooking.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF UTAZI LEAVES

1. Fertility benefit of Utazi leaves

Local leaves Gangronema latifolium (Utazi) is commonly used in Nigerian dishes. It is slightly bitter and has value for nutrition, medicine and culinary use. The high mineral content and phytochemical presence also give some of Utazi’s therapeutic properties to left. No wonder every man or woman desires good fertility. This is vital for the happiness and future of every couple in their family. There are different approaches to solving the fertility problem and one such approach is the use of Utazi leaves. Women with infertility problems should boil Utazi leaves with a little lime juice, honey and drink one glass of it daily during their period days.

Utazi leaves may also be used by men to treat sperm counts. For this, take 1⁄2 bottle of lime juice, and mix it with the honey. A shot of that drink will suffice twice a day. This treatment may not affect you as quickly as you may wish. But be patient and this natural medicine will certainly help you. A recent scientific study showed that Utazi leaves’ nutritional use helped to increase the effectiveness of reproductive hormones and helped to increase low sperm counts. So if you can boost your fertility and be healthier – eat some Utazi leaves every day. The fresh leaves can be used as an extract for a drink or for chewing.These leaves are used in the Southern part of Nigeria for cooking purposes, especially the people of the Southeast and South-South regions. They use it as spice or garnish for some particular local delicacies like Isiewu, Nkwobi, Ofe nsala (white soup), and others. Use leaves from Utazi and stay healthy!

2. Pain Reliever

The leaves are used for cuts, cuttings and pain therapy. External application of cut leaves or paste may decrease pain and fix healing time. utazi extract also offers relief from internal pain. Historical records also reveal that utazi leaves were used to massage joints and treat kids who had difficulty walking.

3. Antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties

Methanol extracts are used as antibacterial medicines which help slow down and stop some dangerous microorganisms from activity. Utazi is effective in the treatment and fight against arthritis in muscle conditions.

4. Antioxidant properties

The saponins and flavonoids present in utazi have antioxidant properties and help remove human organism toxins. Consequently, eating utazi leaves helps improve overall health.

5. Cancer prevention

The above mentioned antioxidant properties are useful in cancer treatment: they help destroy free radicals and strengthen the cells from the inside, making them more effective in protecting the body from dangerous formations. utazi has demonstrated good inhibitory activity against lung carcinoma and breast cancer during studies.

6. Liver protection

The detoxification properties can have a positive impact on the liver, especially as an effective cure for viral hepatitis and bilharzia. Often the leaves are used to keep the alcohol from being intoxicated and unconscious.

7. Cholesterol and sugar levels

The utazi-leaf extract’s anti-lipid properties are beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels which reveal the close relationship between utazi leaf and weight loss. Standardizing sugar levels helps regulate diabetes, the disease that has increasingly affected more and more people. During clinical studies consumption of utazi leaves indicated a reduction in blood glucose.

8. Digestion improvement

The utazi leaves also stimulate the digestive system by boosting appetite and normalizing metabolism. Loss of appetite, stomach ache, dysentery and intestinal worms are perfectly safe to use as a treatment at home.

9. Utazi leaf and pregnancy

One issue that disturbs young women is whether utazi is perfect for pregnant women. As with other spices, pregnant women should be careful about eating utazi leaves, using them in small amounts, or rejecting them over these nine months. But utazi leaves are commonly used to alleviate abdominal pain and control body weight after childbirth. Additionally, a correlation between utazi leaf and fertility has also been established which means you are welcome to add utazi to your diet before and after pregnancy.

10. Anti-ashmatic properties

Fresh utazi leaves and roots have a relatively large potential. Among the other beneficial effects, utazi may be used to treat asthma.

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