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Did You Know? Uziza Seed And Leaves

Uziza, scientifically known as piper guineense, is often used to make native delicacies – pepper soup, egusi soup and lots more. A special broth of the uziza seed is consumed by women especially of the Eastern Nigeria, after childbirth to enhance uterine contraction and expel retained matter from the womb.

While much emphasis is on the leaves, amazingly, all parts of this plant – the leaves and the seeds – have numerous medicinal, dietary, insecticidal, and health benefits.

The wealth of oziza

The leaves and seed are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, C and minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. The antioxidant – flavonoids – in uziza prevents oxidative cell damage and has strong anticancer and anti-ulcer activity and protection against the different levels of carcinogenesis.

The leaves and seeds serve as traditional medicine used in treating certain ailments. They are good pain relievers recommended for patients suffering from rheumatism due to the analgesic properties.

They stimulate digestion and appetite. The leaves are employed in the treatment of both male and female infertility resulting from hormonal imbalance.

They have anti-hemorrhoidal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimalarial, anti-hypertensive, and anticancer effect. They are also natural insecticides. They have larvicidal effects at high concentration on mosquito larvae.

They alleviate nausea and vomiting, lower blood fat and indirectly normalise blood flow and heart function. They are used for treating bronchitis, intestinal disorders such as indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, cholera and dysentery, and inflammation of mucous membrane.


Sources: Health Bubbles, Global Foodbook and NutriFacts Blog.

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Chinwe Opuruiche

An Environment Resource Management graduate of Abia State University with her Masters in-view, Chinwe is also a Columnist, an OAP, a sought-after motivational speaker and writer with special interest in food and the balance of diet.

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    Juliet Oghenefejiro DANIEL

    20th July 2020 at 11:03 am

    hello Chinwe, thanks for the information. it was very useful. Can you link us with uziza farmers or suppliers. We are a a food processing company and based in Abuja.

    Looking forward to your response.

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