By CHARLYNE IKPE
Fluted pumpkin belongs to the family leafy green family. It is a valuable commercial crop grown across the low-land humid tropics of West Africa. “Ugu”, are highly nutritious and very rich in potassium, calcium, iron and some folic acid.
On its own, pumpkin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, Copper and Manganese.
The leaves is a good source of different types of vitamins, minerals and rich in anti-oxidants, such as alpha-carotene and Beta–carotene which help to slow down ageing process.
Antioxidants found in the leaves also help to eliminate free radicals which are responsible for cancerous growths.
The potassium helps in balancing fluid levels in the body and promotes the development of strong bones which were crucial to controlling blood pressure.
Ugu leaves are also renowned for been rich in iron and vitamin C, needed for the production of blood and maintaining a good health. Rich in vitamin E, which promotes a healthier skin and in turn slows down the aging of the skin. All these nutrients in work together and help in slowing down the ageing
One of the tricks of preventing premature ageing is to indulge in process.
Ugu has lots of health advantage which helps in maintaining a good health for the body and its advisable for people to consume the vegetable in large quantity and regularly, because of its tremendous health benefits.
If you want to age less and prevent disease broccoli leaves, kale, sweet potato, spinach and pumpkin spinach, are the best deal.
Pumpkin is chock full ‘o goodness. You can tell by its bright color that it’s going to be going to be good for you. Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.
The pumpkin grows up to 25 feet long produces both male and female bright yellow coloured flowers with five petals. The spherical shaped fruits range in weight from less than 0.5kg to more than 50kg. It is the largest fruit in the plant kingdom. Pumpkins are used to treat bladder problems and as a pain killer. Its seeds are an excellent source of fat and protein.