The benefits of Utazi leaves for fertility are not known to everyone, this wonderful plant has a lot of health benefits which is why most people can eat it raw, use it to make smoothies, or spice up their food.
Utazi is scientifically called Gangronema latifolium, a climbing plant that is found in the tropical rainforest of western African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone.
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Utazi leaves health benefits
Aside from the benefits of Utazi leaves for fertility which we shall dive into in a bit, another potential health advantage of Utazi leave is its ability to enhance the production and flow of bile.
Bile is a fluid in the body that helps food digestion, and detoxification, and ensures a balance of hormones and sugar levels. It may also influence appetite and the metabolism of fat-soluble nutrients in the body.
Utazi is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, steroids,
glycosides, which play a vital role in the body by strengthening the body’s immune system.
People love to eat Utazi, especially the leaves due to its hypoglycemic effect that helps lower blood sugar levels. While some prefer to add the leaves to pepper soup, Nkwobi and so many other African delicacies that may be high in fat, the leaves have a hyperlipidemic effect against fats and lipoprotein.
The benefits of Utazi leaves for fertility
Utazi leaves are fortified with several vitamins and minerals including phytochemicals compounds, here are 3 Emerging benefits of Utazi leaves for fertility.
1. Improves sperm quality in males.
Utazi leaves are rich sources of cobalt, including zinc minerals which help to lower the impact of oxidative stress on sperm cells.
Also, cobalt can significantly improve sperm motility and concentration, while zinc boost testosterone and prolactin production.
Research shows that zinc deficiency contributes to weak erection in men, hence intake of Utazi leaves can potentially be of help.
Also, Vitamin C and E are found in Utazi leaves which possess antioxidants property. Both zinc, vitamin C, and E are proven fertility-boosting supplements that also possess free radical scavenging effects against reactive oxygen species detrimental to sperm health and quality.
2. May Increase men’s agility and performance.
Utazi leaves contain arginine, a powerful energy-boosting compound that may boost men’s energy levels during intercourse.
The leaves are a rich source of iron minerals that help blood formation and flow especially toward the male organ.
Before and during intercourse, blood is pumped toward the male penis, this help to sustain and prolong the erection.
3. May lower luteal phase defects in females.
Luteal phase defects are fertility-related conditions where progesterone level in females is low. Research shows that the C, E, and B vitamins found in Utazi leaves may help boost progesterone production
Progesterone is essentially important for women’s fertility. To conceive and carry their baby in the womb for 9 months, progesterone is needed.
Research has shown that low progesterone may trigger excessive uterine bleeding for a female who is not pregnant, while it may lead to complications and possible abortion for pregnant women.
How to use Utazi leaves for fertility
How can I boost fertility using Utazi leaves? The leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals that can improve male and female fertility.
Make a smoothie with fresh leaves, you can also use the leaves as vegetables to cook. It can be combined with fluted pumpkin leaves (Ugu) to prepare juice.
Utazi leaves downsides
The leaves are safe for consumption both raw and cooked. However, one should not eat too many of its raw leaves.
Excessive intake of raw Utazi leaves may reduce your body’s nutrient absorption due to the presence of certain phytonutrients such as saponins, phytates, and tannins.
Some may experience allergic reactions, food allergy may occur to some people who are allergic to it, hence should avoid it.
Utazi leaves are rich sources of cobalt which can improve sperm quality, including zinc minerals which help to lower the impact of oxidative stress on sperm cells. Research shows that zinc deficiency contributes to weak erection in men.
Also, women with low progesterone should tap into nutrients filled Utazi leaves, and enjoy the goodness of vitamins C, A, and E which may help boost their progesterone levels.
The leaves are a rich source of iron minerals that help blood formation and flow especially toward the male organ which may promote a stronger erection.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.