Energy, protein, amino acids, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, vitamins, calcium, manganese, and copper are all abundant in African oil bean seeds also known as Ukpaka/Ugba in Igbo.
Tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, sterols, glycosides, and saponins are just a few of the phytonutrients found in it.
Even the lowest members of society have access to an affordable and easily available source of important nutrients. Please keep in mind that fermentation removes the majority of these critical elements, particularly phosphorus.
The following are some of the health advantages:
1, Obesity management:
African oil beans are low in calories and can help you avoid becoming overweight or obese. Ugba contains phytoestrogens, which have been shown to aid in weight loss.
2, Decreases cholesterol levels:
The oil bean seed efficiently lowers bad cholesterol ‘LDL’ levels in the blood while increasing good cholesterol levels ‘HDL’. This lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
3, Antibacterial Properties:
African oil bean seeds contain antibacterial saponins and alkaloids, making them effective against Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Bacillus subtilis.
4, Antimicrobial Properties:
African oil bean contains sterols that have been shown to be beneficial against bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus.
5, Gonorrhea Treatment:
The African oil bean tree’s fruits, seeds, bark, and leaves have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of gonorrhea.
6, Fever Treatment:
The African oil bean tree’s leaves can be decocted with bush pepper and used to treat fever.
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Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer / November 29, 2021