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Health Benefits of Pumpkin leaf

Pumpkin leaves are edible when boiled or cooked with foods. it can also be taken as a vegetable salad or as juice when mashed as fresh leaves and the juice extracted.

pumpkin leaves are greenish leafy vegetables grown in Nigeria and other West African countries.

It contains calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese also provides a good amount of vitamin C, A, B2, and E.

Health benefits of pumpkin leaves

Pumpkin leaves offers lots of wonderful health benefits. This includes:

1. It Maintains the Body Tissues 

The vitamin contents present in this vegetable helps in maintaining healthy tissues, cells, membranes  as well as maintaining the skin and treating of wounds in the case of vitamin C. the protein in fluted pumpkin leaves also helps in the improvement and maintenance of the body tissues which includes the connective tissues, muscles and the nervous systems.

2. Improves the Bones and Teeth

pumpkin vegetable contains a good amount of calcium that the body needs for maintaining healthy bones and teeth and also keep the skeletal systems in normal functioning conditions.

It also contains magnesium which plays a vital role in making the bone firm and strong. it might be surprising to say that without magnesium, calcium is almost ineffective to bones as it helps the adequate absorption of calcium by the bones.

It also plays the same function on the teeth, as adequate magnesium in the body helps in making the teeth stronger and firm.

Ugu also has potassium as one of the minerals it contains which also helps in maintaining the bone mineral density which means that it helps to make the calcium content in the bones intact avoiding the leaching of the mineral. this helps to prevent osteoporosis which affects the bones especially in the aged.

3. Rich in Antioxidants

They are rich in alkaloids, resins, hydrocyanic acid, tannins and flavonoids which are powerful an antioxidants that offer some immune system and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants are known to be effective in the prevention of cancer and other associated health conditions like ulcer due to its ability to prevent the damages which should have been caused by the oxidative stress in the body.

4.Balances the Hormones

The vegetable is known to have high protein content. Ugu contains the amount of protein needed for hormone balancing, tissue repairs and regulates of body cells and organs. this is why consuming fluted pumpkin leaves is very essential as its content of protein will also help in improving the body cells as well as replacing broken ones in the body.

5. Serve as Anti-Diabetic Agent

It has an anti diabetic effect which means that it has the ability to treat diabetes mellitus by reducing the level of glucose in the blood. This is made possible due to the content of polysaccharides and ethyl acetate  and which have been effective in lowering the blood sugar level. They are also effective in promoting glucose tolerance as well as the levels of sereum insulin.

6. Improves Blood Production

Fluted pumpkin leaves are always recommended for patients who suffer from a shortage of blood due to the effect of certain illnesses; the presence of iron and other important minerals in it contribute to the boosting of blood in the body system and prevent anemia. Iron being one of the essential minerals in the red blood cells can cause adverse reactions such as the one stated above when there is its deficiency. Therefore fluted pumpkin leaves have been used in improving the level of blood in the body.

7. Effective for Weight Loss

Vegetables such a pumpkin leaves contain a high amount of dietary fiber which can help you lose weight as it makes one fuller and lowers their appetite. it contains little or no calories which eliminates the chances of storing more calories in the body.

8. Promotes Fertility

Fluted Pumpkin leaves have been used locally in the treatment of infertility issues in both men and women. 

Its content of many vital nutrients and compounds have proven effective in its use to boost sperm count in men and the overall functioning of their testicles.

It boosts fertility in women and improves post pregnancy health as it helps the nursing mother to adequately feed their babies by increasing breast milk production.

9. Can Improve Memory

Fluted pumpkin leaves just as most green leafy vegetables contain certain compounds that help to improve memory.

It also contains vital nutrients such as vitamins and magnesium which aid in the improvement and normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.

This can help in improving cognitive reasoning, memory loss (Dementia) and other health conditions associated with memory health such as Alzheimer's diseases.

10. Good Source of Dietary Fibre

Fluted pumpkin leaves are a source of dietry fibre that helps in the healthy maintenance of the digestive system. it plays an important role in improving digestion thereby reducing the chances of health conditions like irritable bowel movement, constipation and those causes by indigestion problems like ulcers and gastroparesis.

Green leafy vegetables such as fluted pumpkin leaves are rich in dietary fiber and should form a part of our daily meal to gain the benefits of this fiber.

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