Ever heard of Okazi leaf or had a taste of it? This article seeks to enlighten you about the leaf, its origin and its health benefits. Okazi leaf otherwise referred to as “gnetum Africanum” or “wild spinach” can be found in the tropical regions of Nigeria, Congo, Gabon and Angola. It has a slight resemblance to orange leaves, slightly bitter with no distinct smell. Below are some of its health benefits:
Serves as an Immune Booster
Okazi leaf contains antioxidant properties such as saponin which serves as an immune booster. Saponin has the ability to stimulate the cell-mediated immune systems as well as antibody production.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
The same Saponin is responsible for lowering cholesterol levels in the blood thereby reducing the risk of heart-related diseases.
Cures Spleen Inflammation
The spleen is an organ positioned just below your left rib cage. The antioxidant property in Okazi also helps fight radicals that may produce infections, liver disease, and cancer. It may also result in the reduction of abnormal enlargement of the spleen
Treats Sore Throat.
In a research conducted by So Healthy “The antioxidant property in Okazi plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of chronic tonsilitis adenoid hypertrophy in children”. Squeezing some Okazi leaves to extract its juice is beneficial if you’re experiencing a sore throat.
Reduces pain during Childbirth.
The glycoside content in Okazi is a form of analgesic which helps to reduce pain during childbirth. This is why we recommend eating Afang soup. It is one of the health benefits of glycosides in Okaz. You enjoy this benefit to the fullest when you eat Afang soup.
Treats bacterial and fungi infections.
The antioxidant property known as alkaloids which can be found in Okazi leaf has been reported to ward off bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Furthermore, the presence of certain compounds in it also fights fungi infection.
Lowers risk of Cancer.
Since Okazi serves as an immune booster, it is no doubt impossible for it to lower the risk of cancer. This is because saponin performs anti-tumour and anti-multigenic activities.
Aids Hormonal Balance.
Hormonal imbalance has been pointed out as one of the factors responsible for infertility. However, Okazi helps to regulate hormones. Okazi provides steroids having antineoplastic to calm hormones. Afang soup is often a go to for women trying to conceive especially.
We hope you find this article helpful. Kindly share what other benefits you think can be derived from Okazi leaf.