Ugu are green leafy vegetables grown in Nigeria and other West-African countries. They are edible when boiled or cooked with foods. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It also provides a good amount of vitamin C, A, B2, and E. It can be taken as a vegetable salad or as juice when mashed as fresh leaves and the juice extracted.
Here are some nutritional benefits of fluted pumpkin;
1. Good Source of Dietary Fibre
Ugu is 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. It help reduce constipation, ulcers and gastroparesis.
Green leafy vegetables such as Ugu are rich in dietary fiber and it should form a part of our daily meal to gain the benefits of this fiber.
2. Improves Blood Production
Ugu are always recommended for patients who suffer from a shortage of blood. The presence of iron and other important minerals in it contribute to the boosting of blood and prevent anemia. Therefore Ugu have been used in improving the level of blood in the body.
For the effectiveness, it should be pounded, then strain the mashed vegetable to collect the liquid/juice.
3. Treat Convulsion
Ugu leaves have been found effective in treating convulsion in children. It becomes medicinal in this case when sliced and mixed with coconut water and with a small amount of salt. It is used in treating high fever and convulsion, and serve as a remedy to many other health conditions.
4. 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. Consumption of Ugu is very essential as its content of protein. It will also help in improving the body cells as well as replacing broken ones in the body.
5. Serve as Anti-Diabetic Agent
Ugu Vegetables has anti-diabetic effect. 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 also 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.
Extract of Ugu has proved effective in this case as a result, it is used as an anti-diabetic agent to regulate the blood glucose level.
Nutritional Values of Fluted Pumpkin (Ugu) (90g)
They are rich in dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins A, B6, C, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamine, manganese niacin, folate, magnesium, iron, potassium, antioxidants and vitamins flavonoid, poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthins, and carotene.
Ugu is generally considered safe and as a result there are no recorded proven side effects.
Ugu helps in protecting the body against diseases as well as improving overall health. Therefore it has to form a part of our daily meal in order to gain these necessary benefits that it offers.