Do you know that the African walnut contains vitamins such as vitamin E, B6 and B7?

The African Walnut is a food plant that is grown and cultivated in the forest region of Africa and India for its nut, of which when eaten, is for the growth and nutritional well-being of man. This plant belongs to the botanical family of Euphorbiaceae and is also known as Tetracarpidium conophorum (T. conophorum). Mostly found in Nigeria, Cameroon, then Congo, Liberia and Gabon(Olacaceae specie). The African walnut is recognized by its thick black shell that envelopes a cream coloured seed. In the countries afore mentioned, African Walnut can also be known as Ukpa, Gabon nut, conophor nut, howôtou, ouatou, Apopo, ngak, awusa, okwe, dibetou, akiouhia, séatou, sratou, okhue and asala. It can also serve as a fruity snack!

Health Benefits.

We have chosen to discuss about the African Walnut today, because it is Mostly avoided/ overlooked/taken for granted maybe because of its bitter after taste. But it is necessary to note that this nut has great health benefits and should therefore be incorporated into our diet often.

  1. Asides the nuts, research has shown that the other parts of this plant are highly important for both medicinal, therapeutic and pharmaceutical reasons.
  2. Research has also revealed that the African Walnut is very effective for the prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases e.g. heart attack and coronary artery disease due to its high content of phytosterols, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
  3. Walnut seeds have been reported to be effective for treating male infertility issues by boosting sperm production in the testicles and the leaf extracts can also be used for boosting fertility in women as well as for treating fibroids.
  4. Regular consumption of walnut have been said to be effective in facilitating quality sleep due to the presence of melatonin in the nuts which assists in tackling certain sleep disorders e.g. Insomnia
  5. African Walnuts also help to reduce the Cholesterol Level because it readily contains healthy polyunsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids.
  6. In folk medicine, its leaves and barks are used in treating gastroenteritis diseases such as dysentery, stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting
  7. Walnuts are said to be great in pregnancy as in folk medicine as well, the leaf extracts are usually taken by pregnant women to prevent the risk of miscarriages.
  8. Research has it that the African walnut extracts are effective for the prevention of cancerous growths such as in breast cancer and prostate cancer
  9. African walnut also contain anti-inflammatory properties e.g tannin which is very effective for tackling body inflammation and thus can be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial inflammation or asthma.
  10. African walnut promotes a healthy immune system as it’s a great source of essential minerals and vitamins such as manganese, iron, copper, magnesium, calcium and zinc.
  11. Research has also shown that the African Walnut improves metabolic parameters in people with type 2 diabetes.

Health Risks

1. Over consumption of walnuts could bring about allergies. Some times it could be mild and other times it could be so dangerous as to take a life! Please becareful. If you get allergic reactions after consuming walnut, stop and see a doctor

2. Walnut allergies could bring about the swelling of the throat, tongue, and even the lungs. This can make breathing difficult and can even lead to death. It is imperative to seek medical attention immediately in cases like this.

Where you do not experience walnut allergies, please eat and enjoy the health benefits of the African Walnut!

Facts on Fruits: Healthy Benefits of The African Walnut

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