The botanical name of uda seed or negro pepper is Xylopia aethiopica from the Annonaceae family.
It is called Uda in Igbo language, and Eeru alamo in Yoruba language. In some parts of the world, Negro Pepper is also known as grains of selim.
There are so many health benefits of uda seed, based on its rich phytochemical composition.
Health Benefits Of Uda Seed And Side Effects
- Use To Treat Menstrual Problems
There are quite a few issues associated with menstruation. Some reports have claimed that Negro pepper may be useful in treating menstrual issues.
Uda seed when dried are normally used in traditional medicine for enhancing menstrual blood flow, and for treating amenorrhea.
- Prevents/Treats Malaria
Malaria is one of the life-threatening diseases in the world and is majorly caused by parasites spread to people via the bites of infected mosquitoes.
Report shows that more than 200 million cases of malaria are recorded yearly and that it led to the death of over 500,000 people.
Common symptoms of malaria include – fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sweating, cough, to name but a few.
Uda seed is packed with some potent anti-malarial properties, meaning it can be used for preparing local remedy for reducing the risk/effect of malaria in humans.
- Has Anti-inflammatory Purposes
Inflammation is the body’s way of responding to injuries, infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue.
The body does this in order to eliminate harmful stimuli, heal and then repaid the affected tissue.
Inflammation also occurs in response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, including pathogens, irritants, or damaged cells.
Without inflammation, wounds and infections on the body will not be healed, and this may result in critical health condition.
Uda seed is packed with a lot of anti-inflammatory properties, including beta-caryophyllene.
- Packed With Antioxidants
Uda seed contains an abundant amount of antioxidants, all of which synergizes to help get rid of free radicals oxidizing agents in the body.
This simply means that this spice can be effectively used for reducing the risk/effect of cancerous tumours.
Some of the potent antioxidants in uda seed include – flavonoids, phenolics, limonoids and polysaccharides.
More importantly, it will please you to know that the water extract of uda fruit has a significant amount of phenolic compounds, which in its own capacity contributes to the elimination of free radicals in the body.
- Great remedy for Dermatological Problems
Uda seeds are proven to be a great remedy for treating skin conditions, including boils, itches, skin eruptions, to name but a few.
Are you battling with any of the aforementioned dermatological problems? Uda seed might be what you need.
- Treats Respiratory System Diseases
Studies reveal that the bark of uda tree contains some potent properties, which are very effective in treating respiratory system diseases, including the common cold, bacterial pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.
To shield yourself against such diseases, it is best you avoid exposing yourself to harmful environmental substances, such as tobacco smoke, dust, chemicals, vapours, fumes, etc.
When you inhale too much of this, it may trigger inflammation in your lungs, which may, in turn, lead to an infection.
- Keeps Rheumatism At Bay
Also known as rheumatic disorders, Rheumatism is an umbrella term for diseases that cause chronic pain and inflammation in the joints, muscles, or connective tissue.
Should in case you are battling with this disorder, it will please you to know that the bark of uda tree has anti-arthritic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used in treating a myriad of rheumatic disorders, including arthritic pain.
- Relieves Gastrointestinal Problems
Gastrointestinal disorders are health conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, rectum, small and large intestine).
This includes stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, gastric ulcers, indigestion, flatulence, etc.
The leaves of uda are found to be aseptic in nature, meaning that they are capable of relieving the aforementioned internal disorders.
- Negro Pepper Or Uda Seed Natural Contraceptive & Family Planning
Negro Pepper has numerous health benefits. It can be used as a fertility enhancer when cooked with other spices, as well as a natural birth control spice.
Well, in Ayurveda and herbs, it’s taught and practiced that plants can be both therapeutic and toxic, depending on how they’re prepared, combined, and dosed.
Uda is natural contraception that also inhibits pregnancy to some extent.
The list of benefits for this incredible pepper is extensive, but I’d like to focus on how this seed can be used as a natural contraceptive and even prevent pregnancy.
Have you ever wondered how our mothers were able to space their children in the days before the emergence of contraceptive pills?
It was simply because our parents ate a lot of spices and were aware of their medicinal properties in humans.
We didn’t have medical science back then especially here in Africa or Nigeria, but history shows that they lived longer and we’re stronger than we are now.
To prove that they do live longer, my father is 96 years old as at the time I’m writing this.
With that said, are there means to use Uda Water or Seed to prevent pregnancy?
Like several other plants, the negro pepper or Uda inhibits male and female reproduction and could be used as a natural contraceptive and for abortion which leads to termination of pregnancy.
Therefore, Trying To Conceive or TTC moms and dads are hereby advised to be careful with spice combinations so they don’t end up serving a bad purpose.
How To Use Uda Seed Or Water As A Natural Contraceptive To Prevent Pregnancy
- Obtain a large supply of Uda seed.
- Drain the water and wash it.
- Pour around 60cl of water over the seed in a pot.
- Allow cooling after boiling for 5 minutes.
- Pour the liquid into a container after straining it. Keep in a cool, dark area, preferably in the refrigerator.
To avoid conception, drink a glass of the appropriately shaken concoction right after intercourse. For further efficacy, Uda can be steeped in hot tea or dry gin.
Some women prefer to take this before or after intimacy to flush out sperm that has been kept hidden.
Can Uda Seed Or Water Cause Miscarriage?
Of course, our forefathers have used uda seed or water to induce labour and abort undesired pregnancies since time immemorial.
In addition to that, Uda seed or water causes uterine contractions that can lead to the loss of a pregnancy.
As a result, it is not recommended that pregnant women drink Uda water or chew Uda seed.
Pregnant women should avoid using Uda because it can cause miscarriage or pregnancy loss.
Remember, some people use Uda seed or water to end pregnancies, which amounts to unsafe abortion.
How to use uda seed or water to prevent pregnancy? Share and drop your comments…….
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