Do you like Egusi seed? Do you eat Egusi soup? If you don’t, men! you are missing! Egusi is super rich with essential nutrients that the body requires for effective functioning. Egusi seed is botanically known as Citrullus colocynthis and it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. Here are 10 interesting health benefits you enjoy by consuming this wonderful vegetable:
HEALTH BENEFIT #1: EGUSI HAS ANTI-DIABETIC PROPERTIES
Researchers attest that every part of the egusi melon plant possess antidiabetic properties. This is attributed to the insulinotropic effects of the plant.
HEALTH BENEFIT #2: EGUSI BOOSTS APPETITE
Egusi is rich with vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is very essential in boosting our appetite.
HEALTH BENEFIT #3: EGUSI HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Research reveals that the methanol extract of egusi significantly inhibited serotonin, carrageenan and prostaglandin E1-induced paw oedema. Researchers generally agree that egusi is suitable for use as an anti-inflammatory agent.
HEALTH BENEFIT #4: EGUSI HAS ANTICANCER PROPERTIES
Researchers studied the antiproliferative impact of cucurbitacin glycosides obtained from egusi leaves. This study was carried out in human breast cancer cell growth. Bitter melon leaves were extracted and cucurbitacin B/E glycosides were then isolated from the extract. The results of the study showed that cucurbitacin glycosides exhibit therapeutic effects against breast cancer cells.
HEALTH BENEFIT #5: EGUSI HAS ANTI-BACTERIAL PROPERTIES
A team of researchers studied the antibacterial effects of egusi leaf. Tests of the extracts showed the presence of flavonoids, phenols and tannins as the active components. The results showed that egusi is suitable for treating ailments caused by bacteria and organisms.
HEALTH BENEFIT #6: EGUSI AIDS DIGESTION
Due to the presence of dietary fibre and vitamin B1 (Thiamine) in egusi melon, it is useful for facilitating easy digestion of food.
HEALTH BENEFIT #7: EGUSI HAS ANTI-ARTHRITIC PROPERTIES
Melon fruit possess significant anti-arthritic properties. This is attributed to its rich constituent of phytochemicals such as flavonoids. As a result, it can be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease symptomized by chronic inflammation of the joints, stiffness, swelling, pain and redness in the joints.
HEALTH BENEFIT #8: EGUSI HELPS US MAINTAIN HEALTHY SKIN
The vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and niacin in egusi help to maintain healthy skin. Oil extracted from egusi seeds can be used for producing local soap and pomade for dermatological care.
HEALTH BENEFIT #9: EGUSI CAN SERVE AS LIVESTOCK FODDER
The shells of egusi can be used as poultry litter. The leaves and the gourds can also serve as livestock fodders.
HEALTH BENEFIT #10: EGUSI TREATS BOILS AND CARBUNCLES
Boils and carbuncles are inflamed, red, painful lumps that can develop on any part of the skin. Research shows that the fruit and root of the egusi plant can be mashed and mixed with water. This mixture can then be applied to boils, carbuncles and pimples.