Pumpkin Leaf, popularly known as Ugu is a vegetable loaded with iron, mineral and other rich nutrients.
Recent studies have shown that ugu, is also rich potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.
It also has anti-oxidants and vitamins, such as thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinamide and ascorbic acid.
The leaf commonly used for vegetable soups in Nigeria to improve blood production level has other interesting health benefits.
The vegetable can have supplementary effect for the daily protein requirement of the body. It can effectively be used to fight and prevent diseases, such as kwashiorkor and marasmus, which cause severe loss of body weight in children as a result of malnutrition.
Ugu is a vegetable low in calories and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol, it helps to control high level of cholesterol in the body and reduce blood glucose level.
Pumpkin boosts blood level, the vegetable plays a key role in the cure of anaemia; It is indeed noted for its lactating properties and for that reason, it is very good and highly recommended for nursing mothers.
The vegetable equally had properties that could prevent liver damage and it also had antioxidants that could assist in preventing a lot more diseases.
Pumpkin contains a very high dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Vitamin A contained in pumpkin is a very essential natural anti-oxidant, which is necessary in maintaining a healthy skin. It is also good for the maintenance of good sight.
It has also been suggested that it could be useful in fighting cancers.
Anyone interested in controlling their cholesterol level and cutting down on their weight, might find Ugu very useful.