What are the benefits of pepper fruits? The fruit you see above is called Mmimi in my native IGBO language.
In English however, it is simply called PEPPER FRUIT. Pepper fruits are used as a natural cure for coughs, fevers, and to improve appetite especially here in Nigeria.
That explains why I’ve been eating so much of it. I like eating pepper fruits since I was young and my mother (Oduigwe Mariah) use to get it while returning from the market.
I must confess, the quite is spicy and has a very distinct smell. This fruit is typically found in south-eastern states of Nigeria like Imo state, but it also eaten in the south-west, and south-south regions too.
However, if you’re in diaspora, whenever you visit Nigeria or Imo state, you should try this amazing pepper fruits!
With that said, plants have remained an integral source of food and nutrients for both humans and animals and many Nigerians can testify to that precious claim.
We simply cannot survive without them! Interestingly, they are so close to us for our usage but unfortunately, we sometimes fail to acknowledge and utilise these plants properly as we ought to do.
These plants contain several chemical compounds essential for the metabolic functioning of our body systems.
Some of these plants provide us food, nutritional values and health benefits while some provide us with no nutrients and could even be toxic to human health.
As a result, identifying these beneficial plants are highly imperative as a guide for gaining all the benefits they offer.
One of these essential beneficial plant is the pepper fruit or MMIMI, and many people are unaware of the wondrous things they stand to gain from this fruit.
Pepper fruit, which is botanically known as Dennettia tripetala, belongs to the Annonaceae family.
It is a tropical plant that is mostly dominant in the West African region especially Nigeria, and others.
What Are The Benefits Of Pepper Fruits?
Check several proven medicinal properties of this great fruit below? Read on and find out more about this wonderful plant….
Pepper fruit helps in glaucoma intraocular pressure reduction
This point is the most well known among health benefits of pepper fruit.
The researchers revealed that the usage of pepper fruit medicines can significantly reduce the level of intraocular pressure. The researchers talk about possible reduction of intraocular pressure up to 25%.
Pepper fruit can be helpful in treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
The fruits, leaves and roots of this plant are widely used in the production of herbal products for the treatment of diarrhea, stomach upset, worm infestation and vomiting.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
It is known that essential oil from this plant can be used as a medicine to reduce pain and inflammations in body.
It has anti-ulcer properties of the fruit
The extract from seeds of this plant is known for anti-ulcer properties that is why this herbal medicine is becoming more demanded in the treatment of ulcers.
It has antimicrobial properties
The extract from leaves of the plant is quite effective in fighting against different types of microbes.
It has anthelmintic properties
Such properties make the herb quite effective in destroying parasitic worms.
The herb is used in treatment of infantile convulsion
The leaves of pepper fruit are widely used in production of medicines for treatment of such neurological genetic disorder as an infantile convulsion
It minimizes cancer risk
Pepper fruit contains flavonoids, and these elements are proven to be effective in reducing the possibility of cancer attacks. For instance, pepper fruit inhibits the growth of prostate cancer.
It has anti-viral properties
It makes the herb an effective means in fighting against viruses such as flu, cold, fever and cough.
It has anti-emetic properties
The fruit is used in preventing or treating vomiting and nausea. It is also used in preventing the side effects of anesthetics, What Are The Cancer-Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day? chemotherapy, opioid analgesics. The plant is also used in treatment of motion sickness.
NOTE: Emetic, any agent that produces nausea and vomiting. The use of emetics is limited to the treatment of poisoning with certain toxins that have been swallowed.
It is used for treatment of typhoid
The fruits and leaves of the plant are very effective in treatment of typhoid, that is why it is one of the top elements of herbal medicines produced to treat such a decease.
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