Ukazi leaf benefits on fertility & Side Effects formed the basics of our discussion today. It Mk goes by the botanical name Gnetum Africanum is a nutrient-packed plant otherwise called ukazi leaf in Igbo. It is well known in Ibibio as afang leaf and is used to prepare one of their popular soup called “afang soup”.
Ukazi Leaf Benefits On Fertility
Although many don’t like this veggie it is a powerful source of Iron that helps in blood formation. It’s a known fact that proper blood circulation is needed for fertility and reproductive activities. Here is an interesting Ukazi leaf benefit on fertility
Boost Libido And Enhance Male Performance
Afang leaf is endowed with Iron which helps in blood formation and transportation this boosts circulation towards the male organ and every other part of the body. 
Boost Sperm Production
Studies have shown that gnetum africanum is enriched with zinc which plays a major role in the production and protection of sperm. 
Manganese present in the Afang leaf facilities healthy growth and development of the fetus.
Lower Risk Of Ovulatory Infertility
A study shows that iron can help boost fertility, especially in females thereby reducing the risk of ovulatory infertility.
Ukasi leaves Side effects on Male fertility
Despite these impressive benefits of Ukazi leaves
Increase Risk Of Testicular Damage
High intake of afang leaf can induce oxidative stress leading to testicular damage. A study to examine the aqueous leave extract of gnetum africanum (afang) on the testis of adult male Wistar rats reveals a regression syndrome denoting testicular infarction as a result of overdoses of Iron. 
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Ukazi leaf common names
Gnetum Africanum is called by many names across most African countries like Nigeria, for example, Igbos — Ukazi, Ibibios — afang leaf whereas Yorubas — ajakotale, Congo— Koko, Cameroon — Okok.
In Today’s article, let’s uncover the benefits of this wonderful leaf on male and female fertility well as its side effects. Just like Bitter leaves we discussed its benefits and impact on fertility, Afang leaf is also enriched with several vitamins and minerals, as well as phytochemicals that play a major role in the body system.
Minerals in Gnetum africanum
Research reveals that Gnetum Africanum is a rich source of vitamins and several minerals as listed below.
Phytonutrients in Gnetum africanum
The aforementioned phytochemicals possess Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, and Antiparos properties, which makes them beneficial to the body.
Other Health Benefits Of Ukazi Leaf
Afang leaf is rich in fiber. Study shows that fiber improves food digestion, and ensure healthy bowel which is beneficial in weight management. 
Strengthens The Immune System
Gnetum Africanum contains saponin a photochemical compound that possesses antioxidant properties. Studies show that saponin helps in the production of antibodies that strengthen our body in defense against diseases. 
Helpful In The Treatment Of Spleen Engagement
Afang Lead is a good source of Iron that boosts blood formation and fights spleen enlargement. A study suggests that with the help of vitamin C which aids the absorption of Iron, the risk of developing an enlarged spleen is reduced. 
Lowers Blood Pressure
Alkaloids present in afang leaf help regulate the activities of the nervous system (nerve impulses) as a result, blood pressure is moderated.
Economics Importance of Ukazi leaves
Gnetum africanum has several economic importance, It is not only a good source of iron which is very vital to the body, but It is also a source of food like Afang soup which is prepared with help of this wonderful leaf. It is a source of income in the rural area close to forests where people do harvest this leave to make money by selling in the market.
Ukazi Leaves and internal Heat
Does eating afang leaf cause or induce internal heat?
No! Internal heat is caused by several factors not necessarily when you eat afang leaf.
known Causes Of Internal Heat
- Infectious Diseases
- Eating hot or pepper, or spicy food
- lack of ventilation
- A thyroid disorder, etc.
Although raw intake of afang leaf can increase oxalic acid due to the presence of iron this can be overcome once the leaf is cooked. Secondly, having enough fluid like water in the body can as well help to reduce the effects of oxalic acid.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.