by Duke Magazine
Pumpkin leaves

Pumpkin leaf, which is locally known as “Ugu,” is one of those plants that secretly carry some unbelievable health benefits.

It is said to be secret because the health benefits of the plant are unknown to most people. 

1. It fights against cancer: 

Gradually becoming one of the major causes of death around the world, cancer is now a household name when it comes to sicknesses.

The contained chlorophyll, phenolic compounds, saponins, tannins, flavonoids, glycosides, and phytosterols which possess chemo-suppressive properties, makes it possible for the leaves to prevent cancer growth. 

2. It tackles convulsion: 

Convulsion as a disorder can be explained as a sudden and irregular movement of the body, caused by involuntary contraction of muscles with brain disorders such as epilepsy. 

The young leaves are sliced and mixed with coconut water and salt and are stored in a bottle till whenever there’s a need for it. 

3. It increases fertility: 

Studies have shown that pumpkin leaves can be very vital when it comes to treating infertility issues. The antioxidants properties which include oleic acid, vitamin A, alkaloids, tannins and linoleic acid have been shown to help boost the functionality of the testicles for an increased sperm count. 

4. It keeps diabetes under control: 

Known to help reduce the sugar level in the blood, the hypoglycemic effect of pumpkin leaves help keep diabetes at bay .

Studies have also shown that the aqueous leaf extract of pumpkin leaves acts as anti-diabetic properties which helps to reduce and regulate the glucose level of diabetic patients. 

5. It boosts the immune system:

The immune system comprises the organs and processes of the body that provide resistance to infection and toxins. And these organs include the thymus, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. Owing to the vitamins and minerals contents in it, pumpkin leaves are efficient. 

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