Uha soup is one of my favorite soups, I do not joke with it. If you have eaten it before, you will understand why it is one of my favorites.
Have you tasted uha soup before? It is really delicious. It is one of the native soups of the Igbos. It is prepared with the famous uha leaves. The uha tree is mostly found in villages, they are very tall trees that people have to climb to pluck the leaves. Its English name is African Rosewood, its botanical name is Pterocarpus Mildbraedii.
Uha leaves are very nutritious and they offer lots of health benefits to your body. In the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Emerging Drugs, an article by Anyanwu .C on 'The Health Benefits of Uha Leaves'', discussed some important health benefits, they are:
1. Uha leaves are good for your bones. They contain lots of calcium, magnesium and manganese which are very essential nutrients that help to keep your bones healthy and strong.
Deficiency of these nutrients could lead to arthritis and osteoporosis.
2. Uha leaves can help to fight anemia/low blood count. They contain lots of iron which helps to build your red blood cells that help to carry oxygen around your body.
Uha soup is also good for pregnant women who need high amounts of iron because of the child growing in them. It is also good for women who have heavy periods.
3. Uha leaves are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. According to a medical publication by Uchegbu .R titled 'Identification of Phytochemicals Present in the Leaves of Pterocarpus Mildbraedii Harms by GC/MS Analysis' (2015), there are important antioxidants that help to prevent cancer which are contained in uha leaves. They are phenolic acid, lupeol, and benzenediol. Eating uha soup regularly enriches your body with these nutrients.
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