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Health Benefits of Bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina)



Bitter leaf is a very common plant in west and central Africa. It is known scientifically as Vernonia amygdalina.
It is cultivated and eaten in various ways across west and Central Africa. In Cameroon, it is washed, sliced and prepared mixed with meat + ground peanuts (groundnuts) to prepare a delicious meal known as "ndole".  In Nigeria, the Igbos call it "onugbu" and the Yorubas call it "ewuro" they prepare delicous bitterleaf soups with this plant. 
Bitter leaf contains vitamins like vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B 12.


1 Bitter leaf can lower blood sugar levels

Taking bitter leaf juice is known to bring down high levels of blood sugar. Many african herbal healers use bitterleaf to control high blood sugar levels. A Study was conducted by ong KW et al to investigate the hypoglycemic properties of bitterleaf. At the end of the study, they concluded that bitterleaf possesses antihyperglycemic effects, thus it can lower blood sugar levels. 

2 bitter leaf cures body itches and skin rashes such as eczema, ring worm or scabies

Bitter leaf contains antibacterial and anti-fungi properties.  Apply the fresh juice on affected areas as often as needed.

3 Bitterleaf helps with fever and malaria

When you feel feverish take bitter leaf juice till the fever goes down. If you have problems drinking the juice because of its bitter taste, try adding honey or sugar unless you are diabetic. Bitter leaf is used as a quinine  substitute in Nigeria, Cameroon and other African countries for preventing and treating malaria in remote areas that lack access to medical facilities. 

4 Nursing and breastfeeding mothers
Drinking bitter leaf juice helps in increasing breast milk production in nursing mothers. Nursing and wet mothers across Africa add bitterleaf to many other herbs to stimulate the secretion of breastmilk

5 bitter leaf detoxifies and cleans your system

study conducted revealed that bitterleaf is a good antioxidant, due to the presence of flavonoids. Taking bitterleaf juice helps the body get rid of toxins.

6  Cancer preventing properties

A study conducted in Nigeria ( Discovery of water-soluble anticancer agents (edotides) from a vegetable found in Benin City, Nigeria) revealed that bitterleaf has chemopreventive properties. The result of this study suggest that bitterleaf, if eaten, may delay or prevent the on-set of breast cancer.

Precaution: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, taking excessive amounts of bitterleaf juice can cause miscarriage. 


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