African walnut (Asala or Awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Igbo; and Okhue or Okwe in Edo) belongs to the botanical family Euphorbiaceae. The African walnuts are characterized by a black thick wall that envelopes a white-cream seed. Its seed kernel is edible. When eaten raw they have a bitter flavour not unlike the kola nut and are considered to be tonic and aphrodisiac. We consume bits of walnut during the course of our everyday life in cakes, cookies, snacks etc. Asides appetite quenching, the African walnut is a highly versatile nut. It serves a number of other uses such as: medicine and health uses, furniture uses, dye etc. The awesome and amazing uses of this fruit includes; 1. Fertility and miscarriage.
Studies that show that the African walnut tree are effective anti-microbial agents. In local ethnomedicine, they used as a male fertility agent; the leaves are used to improve fertility in male and that chewing the walnut improves sperm count. Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day over a period of 12weeks will improve sperm health in young men.
-They boost fertility, menstrual flow and the seeds are used to treat uterine fibroids. Chewing the walnuts helps prevent pregnancy miscarriage.
2. Pain: headache, menstrual pain etc. The leaf juice of the African walnut are considered a headache cure in southern Nigeria and is used to improve and regulate menstrual flow. -The leaf juice is drunk to mitigate prolonged and /or constant hiccups. 3. Heart Health. African walnut helps prevent heart disease and are recommended for lowering cholesterol. Walnuts are rich in compounds such as omega 3 essential fatty acids that reduce hardening of the arteries, prevent erratic heart rhythms and keep them flexible. Walnuts also contain relatively high levels of L-arginine, an essential amino acid that is converted into nitric oxide, a chemical that helps to keep the inner walls of blood vessels smooth and allows blood vessels to relax. Studies indicated that consuming 2 to 3 servings of walnuts daily decreases cholesterol levels sufficient to lower risk of coronary heart disease. 4. Anti ageing. African walnuts contain numerous antioxidants like vitamin E, melatonin, manganese, selenium, ellagic acid and about 16 different polyphenols. All these elements are known to prevent cellular damage; hence they help in the reduction of age-related diseases. 5. Cancer prevention. African walnuts contain multiple ingredients; omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols that, individually, have been shown to slow cancer growth, -Consuming walnuts regularly could even reduce the risk for breast cancer in humans. -Numerous studies have also shown that regular consumption of walnut can prevent and even slow the progress of prostate cancer. What other benefits of the African walnuts do you know? We’d love to hear from you. leave your comments below…xoxo! [yop_poll id=”376″]
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