Yes, lots of people ‘think’ eating Pumpkin leaves is beneficial but many do not really know the exact benefits it has.
Popularly known ‘Ugwu’ in Nigeria, pumpkin leaves have various species but the we will concentrate on the commonest one that Nigerians are used to, which is called ‘telfaira occidentalis’. While many people opt to cook it as a vegetable with all the condiments that help whet the appetite, some just boil and eat it plain like that or blend it into a shake. Whatever might be the case, there are guaranteed level of various nutrients it gives with any method.
A pumpkin leaf has a healthy amount of Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin A, and Iron; while still have a very low level of calorie. Aside from the huge benefits in Vitamin A that the leaves provide, there are also numerous skin benefits. Vitamin C helps in healing wounds, forms scar tissue, and maintains healthy bones, skin, and teeth. However since our body cannot produce this essential vitamin on its own or even store it, you should always get enough vitamin C in your food.
As for calcium, researchers have already told you that in order to grow up that you need a healthy dose of calcium for the bones and teeth to be strong as a child. However, women need to include enough calcium in your diet to help prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones strong. There have also been studies showing that calcium may also help minimize the risk of cardiovascular failure.
Iron helps our muscles in storing and using of oxygen, and also helps carry oxygen from our lungs to other parts of our bodies as part of hemoglobin. If you’ve ever heard the term “anemia”, a condition in which a person has fewer red blood cells than normal and feels feel very weak and tied. This can be caused by iron deficiency. Women and children in particular need a healthy quantity of iron consistently, and pumpkin leaves help provide that nutrient naturally.
Below are top 10 unbelievable health benefits of Pumpkin leaves.
- Treatment of convulsion: Fresh sliced pumpkin leaves, mixed with coconut water and salt are stored in a bottle and are used for the treatment of convulsion in ethno medicine.
- Lowers cholesterol: pumpkin leaves have hypolipdemic effect and may be a useful therapy in hypercholesterolemia, lowering excess cholesterol in the blood.
- Boost fertility: A particular study showed that pumpkin leaves have the capacity to regenerate testicular damage and also increase spermatogenesis.
- Pumpkin leave has liver protecting effects.
- It also has antibacterial effects
6 .The leaves are highly rich in iron and play a key role in the prevention of anemia, (you can mix the leaf extract with milk)
- They are well-known for their lactating properties and are in high demand for nursing mothers.
- It is good for diabetics patients since it has a hypoglycemic (sugar reducing) effect.
- It increases Blood Volume and Boost Immune System
- The high protein content in pumpkin leaves could have supplementary effect for the daily protein requirement of the body.