Garden Egg Leaf just as other vegetables, contain essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in a good quantity which play an important role in human health improvement.
These vegetables are known as natural blood pumping vegetable especially when eaten raw. In West Africa, notably in Nigeria where it is found in great quantity, it is called Akwukwo Anyara in Igbo and its seed is also called Mkpuru Anyara, Efo Igbo in Yoruba and Ganyen Gauta in Hausa.
They are considered as curative as well as nutritious diet due to the nutritional contents that serve as medication to certain ailment and substitutes for medical supplements.
Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves contain Vitamin B, C, potassium and calcium which are beneficial to human health in several ways such as the following:
1. Improves Kidney Health
It helps to prevent dialysis by the total cleansing of the kidney naturally.
This leaves serves as detoxifiers to the kidney and it’s more effective when eaten raw or converted into juice by boiling for few seconds and then filtering the juice in a container; this juice can be taken 3 times per day or more.
This means that eating of garden egg leaves will naturally help in cleansing the kidney by filtering the blood and unwanted materials from entering the organ.
Though there is no scientific proof to back this up for now, in many locals where it is used for this purpose, they believe it works and it helps to boost their sexual health as well for both men and women.
4. Can Prevent Cancer
Garden egg leaves contain an anti-inflammatory property which makes it one of the suitable vegetables which can be used to reduce swelling and prevent cancer-causing inflammations.
These vegetables help in the prevention of cancer formation due to the presence of phytochemicals that fight free radicals that are prone to cause inflammations that might lead to cancerous diseases in the body system.
Garden egg leaves are used in managing obesity and reducing the level of cholesterol in the blood due to the presence of some micronutrients.
With the level of cholesterol in the body being low, weight reduction can be easily achieved; it does not only help in weight reduction but also maintains a fresh and toned skin when consumed in good quantity on regular basis.
Adequate intake of garden egg leaves is required in this case, and for anyone who wants to lose weight or improve the heart health.
It is recommended that you eat healthy in order to improve the effectiveness of the garden egg leaves as it concerns weight reduction and its other health benefits.
Garden egg leaves serve as blood tonic for people suffering from a shortage of blood or are anaemic, it has long been a miracle vegetable for anaemic patients and is most time recommended by medical experts for use in increasing the blood levels.
To get this benefit, it is advisable that one gets the fresh leaves, wash it in clean cold water, slice and eat it raw, it can be prepared with Ukpaka (fermented oil bean seeds), crayfish, salt and oil to serve as a side dish or squeezed to get the juice.
Whichever way it is consumed, it performs the same function.
One of the vital functions of potassium to the heart is to help in the regulation of heartbeat, therefore having too much (hyperkalemia) or low potassium (hypokalemia) can cause changes in the heart rhythm which is dangerous to health.
8. Reduces Sugar Levels
This may be new to some persons but it has been locally used in the reduction of sugar levels in the blood due to its content of high fibre and magnesium. It is also low in carbohydrate which makes it a good food source for diabetic patients.
Foods rich in fibre are slow to digest unlike some types of carbohydrates and do not provide the body with any calories. This makes the blood sugar levels more stable, eliminating the fear of a spike in blood pressure.
For reducing your sugar level, it is best eaten raw or drank as juice.
9. Helps in Digestion
One of the benefits of fibres in food (fruits or vegetables) is its ability to help in the digestive processes.
Fibres don’t get digested in the body or slow down digestion, which helps in the effective maintenance of movement of materials in the human’s digestive tract.
Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves are native to West Africa which is predominately cultivated in Nigeria and is grown and consumed more in the southern part of the country.
The leaves of this garden egg are specific to the Bitter Eggplant which is known as Mkpuru Anyara in Igbo. It is characterized by its small roundish nature, green in colour and has a bitter-sweet taste.
Garden Egg Juice
Just like other green leafy vegetables, the extraction of its juice is basically the same, garden egg leaves contain lots of nutrients and as well its juice is also fortified with these nutrients which have been effective in many ways that benefit our health.
Wash the garden egg leaves thoroughly to remove dirt and sand.
Cut it into tiny pieces in order to enable easily squeezing or pounding.
Then squeeze effectively and strain the juice.
Garden egg leaves are used in food preparation as condiments. Used mainly for preparing different types of foods such as Garden egg leaf soup, vegetable yam, sauce and etc., it also used as a vegetable in Abacha (tapioca), and other local cuisines.
As Herbal medicine: The leaves are medicinal in many areas and has been proven in a diverse range of ways to help in the treatment of many health conditions, and as such as been used traditionally in the treatment of indigestion, infertility, anaemia and much more.
Consumption of garden egg leaves causes no notable side effect unless on those who might be allergic to it.
The nutrients in the garden egg leaves are gained when eaten raw or used for culinary purposes, medicinal and curative areas. It is a nutritious vegetable that is commonly known as a blood tonic and its Kidney disease cure effects but the nutritional benefits are not just limited to that as there are a whole lot of benefits which it offers as mentioned above