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.
Thereby preventing any form of kidney related issues especially the ones that will disrupt the blood filtration and purification like in kidney failure.
The mineral potassium which can be found in garden egg leaves also help the kidney to improves its function of filtering blood.
2. Good for Pregnant Women
Garden egg leaves is a healthy vegetable for pregnant women because it contains a good number of vitamins and minerals that are required for an improved health condition during pregnancy.
As it helps provide good development, normal weight and prevention of birth defects for the unborn babies.
3. Promotes Fertility
Just like garden egg itself, many African cultures believed that garden egg and its leaves represent fertility, and have been used locally in the treatment of infertility and libido issues.
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.
5. Promotes Weight Loss
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.
6. Serves as Blood Tonic
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.
7. Regulates the Heart Beat
Presence of potassium which contains an important salt helps in maintaining the heart condition and regulating the blood pressure. This makes this leaf very important for heart health.
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.
This improves the digestive system and increases the bulk of the stools.
Garden egg leaves are rich in this content and should be consumed adequately in order to aids in proper digestion, maintain the digestive tracts and as well help in constipation reduction.
10. Prevent Stomach Ulcers
Ulcer, is caused by the inflammation of the stomach linings which causes soreness and can be aggravated by the consumption of certain foods which are too acidic.
Waterleaf has been used traditionally in the treatment of ulcers of the stomach due to its possession of some anti-ulcer properties which has been found effective after a recent experiment on rats.
Origin of Garden Egg Leaves
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.
To get 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.