African Herbs

8 Amazing Benefits of Bitter Leaf

Bitter leaf

Did you know that Bitter Leaf is packed with Vitamins, great for skin and acne, and even boosts fertility?

The health benefits of this leaf are numerous and unique in the sense that not many natural remedies possess the same benefits.

Sadly, whenever it’s used for cooking, almost all the nutrients are washed off the leaves. Even the leftovers are further lost when it’s cooked. So it’s best to wash it just once before adding it to your meals if you can’t handle the fresh bitterness.

Bitter leaf (Vernonia Amygdalina), also known as Onugbu in Igbo, Efu Ewuro in Yoruba, Shuwaka in Hausa, and Bowen in Twi. It is a green leaf known for its bitter taste, that’s why most people can’t withstand it, but if you dare to take the fresh leaves, you’d be blessed by all its amazing benefits.

Bitter leaf one of the best sources of Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, and minerals such as iron, zinc, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium.



Bitter leaf
Bitter leaf

Health Benefits of Bitter Leaf.

  1. Weight loss:

    Drinking the juice from Bitter leaf affects your weight from different aspects. First, it suppresses your appetite, making you not crave as much food as before, which leads to reduced caloric intake for the day. Second, it boosts your metabolism, helping your body process the food faster and more efficiently. Third, it supports blood glucose control, leading to faster fat usage.

  2. It fights Pneumonia:

    Pneumonia is an acute respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lungs and is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. By taking fresh bitter leaf juice every day until your condition gets better, you can combat this disease. Warm and Take a glass of fresh bitter leaf juice three times daily for a month.

  3. It relieves stomach ailments:

    Bitter leaf is a fast remedy for stomach aches. All you need to do is chew a fresh stem of the plant like a chewing stick, and after a few minutes, the pain stops. You can also add a pinch of salt to the juice and drink; it works the same way. This remedy can also help with diarrhea and nausea.

  4. Insomnia:

    Adding a glass of fresh bitter leaf juice to your night routine will calm you down before bed and lead a refreshing night sleep that makes you more productive and active the next day.

  5. Reduces fever:

    Bitter leaf has been used traditionally as an anti-pyretic. The flavonoids present in bitter leaf juice impacts the area of the body responsible for temperature regulation.

  6. It boosts fertility:

    Bitter leaf improves the chances of pregnancy among women who find it difficult to conceive.

  7. Enhances detoxification:

    Bitter leaf is useful in the removal of waste and toxins from the liver and kidney. It has been used traditionally for the treatment of kidney stones as it promotes urine flow.

  8. Soothes skin ailments:

    Bitter leaf can be used for eczema, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, and rashes. It can also be used to prevent infection in wounds.


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Cynthia Adeh Ekpong
I'm Cynthia Adeh Ekpong, and I write about African Herbs and how they benefit our health. It pains me that we Africans spend more money buying drugs for minor issues instead of using herbs around us for little or no amount. My goal in 54history is to bring more awareness to our African herbs.

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