Fluted Pumpkin leaf, which is locally known as "Ugu," is one of those plants that secretly carry some unbelievable health benefits.
It is said to be secret because the health benefits of the plant are unknown to most people.
Below are some of the health benefits of fluted pumpkin leave also Known as ugu
1. Maintains the Body Tissues
The vitamin contents present in this vegetable helps in maintaining healthy tissues, cells, membrane 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. Ugu leaves have healing properties. Due to the vitamin C and antioxidants contained in the leaves, they can help to speed up the healing processes, as well as alleviate some minor illnesses and diseases. In the olden days, they were often used in homemade medicine.
3. Ugu leaves lowers cholesterol: Study shows that, the leaves contains hypolipdemic effect and may be a useful therapy in hypercholestolemia.
4. May Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Pumpkin leaves are good sources of beta-carotene which is proven to reduce the risk of some cancer. Including pumpkin leaves in your diet will boost your body’s vitamin A level and can prevent the growth of cancers like prostate and breast cancer.
5. Antimicrobial activities
The antibacterial properties of ugu leaves inhibit the growth of intestinal pathogens such as such as Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, S. faecalis, Salmonella typhi. Pathogens are viruses, bacterium or other microorganisms that cause diseases in the body.
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