Dried Pumpkin leaves (Ugu)
It contains calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese also provides a good amount of vitamin C, A, B2, and E.
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It is called sokoyokoto in Yoruba, Ugu in Igbo language, kabewa in Hausa, and Ikong-Ubong in Efik. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese also provides a good amount of vitamin C, A, B2, and E.
Dried Pumpkin Leaves Nutritional Value
Here are some nutritional benefits of dried pumpkin leaves or vegetables;
- Good Source of Dietary Fibre
Dried pumpkin leaves are a source of dietary fiber 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.
- 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.
- Rich in Antioxidants
They are rich in alkaloids, resins, hydrocyanic acid, tannins and flavonoids which are powerful 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.
Oxidative stress and inflammation are some of the underlying causes of cancer and other age-related illnesses and can cause changes in the DNA which could result in cancer formation.
- 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 the acidities 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.
- Serve asAnti-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 which have been effective in lowering the blood sugar level. They are also effective in promoting glucose tolerance as well as the levels of serum insulin.
The extract of Ugu leaves has proved effective in this case, and it has been used as an anti-diabetic agent to regulate the blood glucose level.
- 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.
For the effectiveness of helping boost blood production, it is recommended to be pounded, then strain the mashed vegetable to collect the liquid/juice. Most times milk is also added to the juice before drinking.
Basic recipe for cooking pumpkin leaves
1 bunch pumpkin leaves
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup peanuts, powdered
2 tbsp oil
Wash the pumpkin leaves and pull out the outer fibres, by holding the stem in one hand.
Finely chop the leaves and place in a pan along with the chopped onion, tomatoes and water.
Cover and cook until the leaves wilt.
Open the pan and continue cooking until the water is reduced to half.
Add the powdered peanuts and oil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Temper or garnish with spices and seasonings of your choice.
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