Uziza is a plant whose fruits (which most people refer to as uziza seeds), and leaves can be used to spice a meal. Uziza leaves has a peppery taste, are green when fresh and dark green when dried. The leaves can be used when fresh to prepare any meal by washing and shredding it first and then adding it to the food about 15 minutes before bringing it down from the fire or dried, grounded and then added to the meal. The fruit can also be used similarly as every other spice is used to prepare a meal. Uziza seed is very similar to black pepper.
1. Relieves cough
Spices generally can clear the throat and cause a runny nose. This ability is common to every spice.
When you have a cough or are finding it difficult to breathe due to influenza flu, you can quickly clear the mucus out of the way by using Uziza pepper. To do this, you’ll need to get some Uziza leaves, whether fresh or dried and grounded and put them in a clean bowl. Add some clean boiled water to the vegetable and allow to stand for at least ten minutes.
Sieve the mixture and drink the filtrate. The spicy quality, coupled with the warm water, will help clear your cough as well as lubricate your throat for easy breathing.
2. Prevents constipation
When a person finds it difficult to have bowel movements for a few days, the problem is called constipation.
Most times, constipation is caused by the absence of roughages in our food. Roughages are dietary fiber. These fibers help in promoting active bowel movements as such are essential for preventing constipation.
Interestingly, Uziza is quite rich in dietary fiber. By adding Uziza to your meal always, you not only make sure you consume the right amount of roughages but also keep constipation at bay. Unfortunately, Uziza cannot be used to treat constipation; it can only be used to prevent it from ever occurring.
3. Prevents cancer
Free radicals are the primary cause of cancerous growths in the human tissues. By consuming anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants regularly, the free radicals will be neutralized, and the chances of your body developing cancerous cells will be significantly reduced.
Uziza contains a substance called flavonoid; a powerful anti-oxidant which can help neutralize free radicals in the body.
4. Treats diarrhea
Uziza leaves come with powerful antibacterial minerals which are useful in fighting diarrhea-causing micro-organisms in the intestine. As such, adding Uziza spice to your meal can serve as an excellent preventive measure against diarrhea. If you already have diarrhea, you can also increase your intake of Uziza leaves in combination with lots of water to keep you hydrated.
5. Improves fertility
Uziza is used in many local herbal medicines to treat infertility. It is taken in combination with honey to address the problem of infertility in women and in men to improve low sperm counts. Thus, just like one of the health benefit of black pepper, uziza leaf boost fertility in men.
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