The amazing health benefits of uziza leaf and seed cannot be overemphasis. Uziza leaves /seeds are pungent herbs typically used in traditional Igbo soups and other delicious delicacies in West Africa. The fresh leaves are usually green in color while the dry leaf is dark green; an Uziza seed tastes peppery which it sometimes refers to as hot pepper spices.
Uziza is a plant which fruits (is mostly refer to as uziza seeds), while the leaf serves as vegetables for spicing a meal. This leaf can be used when fresh to prepare any meal by washing and shredding before cooking. In the same vein, the seed can also be used like every other powdered spice to prepare a meal; Uziza seed is very similar to black pepper.
Spices are very essential to a meal; they are the taste of every meal. The health benefits of Uziza leaf and seed are as follows; it contains many important molecules, enzymes, and other essential nutrients which the body needs to build cells. It repair worn-out tissues as well as cleanse our body system. Certainly, Uziza leaf and seed spices not only add tastes to our meals but also provide our body with lots of essential materials to work with.
However, Uziza also known as Piper Guineese, and Guinean pepper across West Africa even in Nigeria where it’s cultivated abundantly. It has so many names such as Ashanti pepper, Benin pepper, false cubeb, kukauabe, and Guinea cubeb in different parts of West Africa.
Uziza and Pregnancy
Many people often wonder if Uziza leaves or seeds can affect pregnancy. Sincerely, there has never been any direct link to Uziza affecting pregnancy or any medical evidence of such case.
Moreover, pregnant women are mostly advised to stay away from too much pepper likewise eaten spicy/peppery food during pregnancy.
Furthermore, no medical evidence that uziza spice is a contraceptive or causes miscarriage.
Health benefits of Uziza
Let us consider some of the numerous health benefits of uziza leaves and the fruits.
It Helps Prevent Constipation
Most times, constipation may occur as a result of not having enough roughage in our food. Roughages are precisely an indigestible portion of food, its a dietary fiber. These fibers help for easy bowel movements which can equally prevent constipation.
Interestingly, Uziza leaves are quite rich in dietary fiber. So, each time you include Uziza to your meal be rest assured that it will guide and help keep constipation at bay from your system.
Uziza is used in homeopathic medicine to treat infertility. It can be taken when combined with honey to address the issue of infertility in men and women; it can also improve low sperm counts in men.
In the eastern part of Nigeria, the leaves/seeds are used by local midwives to increase the contraction of the uterine walls during childbirth.
Basically, there are lots of health benefits of Uziza leaf and seeds which includes; using it for the treatment of rheumatism, helps prevent hypertension, prevent diabetes, and improves appetite.
Uziza leaves can also be used to keep mosquitos away from home, just like using insecticide to keep mosquito away from your house.
Help Prevents Cancer
Free radicals are part the major cause of cancerous growth in the human cells, it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Consuming Uziza regularly the free radicals will be neutralized and the chances of your body developing cancerous cells will be significantly reduced.
Uziza leaves come contains antibacterial minerals which are effective in fighting diarrhea-causing micro-organisms in the intestine. As such, adding Uziza spice when added to a meal serve as the right preventive measures that guard against diarrhea.
Hot spices naturally can clear the throat and may likely cause a runny nose.
To do this, get some grounded fresh or dried Uziza seeds, and put them in a clean bowl. You can easily pour some boiled water to it; cover and allow soaking for at least ten minutes.
Sieve the mixture and drink the filtrate. The spicy liquid, coupled with the warm water, will help clear and lubricate your throat for easy breathing.