Utazi is a bitter-tasting vegetable that is widely available. It is found in the tropical rainforests of West African countries such as Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Senegal, and belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family of plants. It is known as Utazi in southern eastern Nigeria, where it is widely produced, and Arokeke among the Yoruba. It is used to enhance the flavor of soups and offers a variety of health advantages.
The Utazi leaf has nine health benefits.
1. Immune system booster
Antioxidant qualities are one of the advantages of Utazi leaves.
It contains anti-oxidants, which aid in the battle against free radicals in the body, which can destroy the body’s organs. This aids the immune system by providing it with a healthy boost. It accomplishes so by improving the body’s ability to treat infections and prevent a variety of ailments.
2. Functions as a detoxifier
Detoxification is the process through which the liver eliminates waste chemicals. Utazi use can aid to improve overall liver function, keeping it from overworking. This can also help to improve or avoid other liver illnesses like hepatitis, which is characterized by inflammation in the liver, as well as reduce intoxication.
3. Provides pain relief
Utazi can also be used to treat pain in various regions of the body. Rubbing Utazi leaves on cuts and bruises, for example, can help to greatly reduce discomfort and halt bleeding if there is any.
Internal discomfort, such as pain in the muscles and joints, is also treated and managed using it.
4. Stops cancer cells from multiplying.
Utazi leaves have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body. The reason for this is because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The extract/juice can assist to prevent these free radicals from creating illnesses and inflammation, which can lead to DNA damage, which can lead to cancer.
5. It is effective in the treatment of post-partum depression.
Nursing mothers drink Utazi to counteract the effects of pregnancy. It is used to lower the size of the stomach after childbirth, clean the uterus, and aid weight loss. It also aids in the recovery of the body following a pregnancy.
6. It lowers blood sugar levels.
Utazi leaves also aid in the decrease of blood glucose levels in the body. For diabetic people, this can be a huge comfort. Because of its anti-oxidant properties, it can help manage some diabetic symptoms and regulate blood sugar. Many indigenous medicine practitioners employ Utazi leaves to make efficient diabetic mellitus medicines.
7. Helps with bowel movement
Constipation and digestion have a favorable or negative impact on bowel movement. People who have taken Utazi leaves for this purpose have given testimony. It helps to improve digestion, ease constipation, and prevent it. It accomplishes this by softening the stool, as hard stool is always a sign of constipation. It also helps with other related issues including diarrhea and stomach cramps.
8. It is used to treat malaria.
Utazi was used to cure malaria before the invention of tablets and medications. It can be used alone or in combination with other plants to make a powerful herb that can help eradicate malaria from the body and restore health. Utazi leaves have been discovered to have antiplasmodial effects in some investigations.
9. It can be used to treat bacterial infections.
Utazi leaf’s antibacterial characteristics make it useful in the treatment of bacterial infections like Staphylococcus aureus (staph).