How much do you know about Bitter Leaf ?* Prof. Maurice Iwu
Bitter-leaf also known as *Vernonia Amygdalina* in scientific parlance is an aborigine of Africa. It can be cooked, juiced or chewed raw. Regular consumption of this vegetable helps to regulate blood cholesterol levels which is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Bitter leaf is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Due to the presence of nutrients especially *Beta Carotene*, it controls the synthesis of female sex hormones. This allows women to stay younger and healthy for a longer duration of time. Bitter leaf has been shown to significantly *lower blood sugar levels*. It does not only reduce blood sugar, it also helps to repair the pancreas. The plant has been widely used and recognized for its efficacy in preventing malaria. *Drinking the juice alone is an antidote for malaria*. Consumption of the plant is helpful in increasing milk production in breast feeding mothers. It increases appetite in anorexia (loss of appetite). It is also useful in treating sleeplessness (insomnia) and boosting immune function. It can be utilized in the management of coughs, helminthiasis (worm infestations) constipation ,and as fertility inducers. There are strong revelations that bitter leaf if incorporated in the diet can slow cancer growth and even kill cancer cells. A unique formulation of bitter –leaf by Intercedd Health Products called Vernonia-Ocimum combines the effects of bitter-leaf with the stress relieving and anti-hypertensive effects of scent leaf (Ocimum gratissimum) to produce a valuable heathy-living supplement.