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African oil bean, a natural healer of diarrhea, Epilepsy, Insomnia, and Iron Deficiency

Updated on April 27, 2011

As a health enthusiast, I am passionate about providing others health tips through books and seminars because I discovered that people really need help in this area. If you doubt it, go to public hospitals and see the need to help. Out of curiosity, I did a little research to find out why the demand for African oil bean seed consumption is so high. I discovered that 60% of people eat it because it is a local delicacy while the remaining 40% eat,   because of  its multi therapy capabilities.

  From my findings, I discovered that, African Oil beans cures more than ten different diseases; notable among them are: heart disease, diarrhea, epilepsy ,malnutrition, stomach disorder ,microbes, Iron deficiency, eye problem and insomnia. Now, let’s take them one after the other:

1. Heart Disease: Heart disease or cardiopathy is an umbrella term for a variety of diseases affecting the heart such as Coronary heart disease, Cardiomyopathy,Cardiovascular disease, Ischemic heart disease, Heart failure, Hypertensive heart disease, Inflammatory heart disease,Valvular heart disease. African researchers discovered that the fermented seed known as Ugba in Eastern part of Nigeria could be used to prevent and cure heart failure.So,it has both preventive and curative ability and that is why is, you need to go for it because heart failure is no 1 killer disease; is on record.

2.  Diarrhea also spelled diarrhoea: Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements or a decrease in the form of stool (greater looseness of stool).Some of the symptoms include: crampy pain in the abdomen, the area between the chest and the hips, swelling in the abdomen, an uncomfortable feeling around the anus etc.I tell you the truth, this disease has severed many lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. I had similar problem recently and someone advised me to  extract the leaf of this African Oil bean,mix the liquid with teaspoon of lime juice and take. That was how the problem disappeared within three hours. I recommend this to readers of this article;is very effective.

3.  Epilepsy: This is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Some people call this fowl sickness because of the similarity with neurological disorder in fowls but what  ever be the case; is not a sickness you wish someone to go through even your worst enemy. The stigma attached to this ailment is worrisome and is very disgraceful. In Africa, when people are getting married, the two families involved do make inquiries to know whether such ailment does exist before giving their approval for the marriage. This African oil bean corrects such neurological disorder not immediately but with two or three years. Ferment a handful of the sliced seeds for three or four days, use fish oil to prepare the delicacy; try to eat it once a week for two or three years and that will correct the neurological disorder.

4. Insomnia: Insomnia, the inability to sleep, is all too common in our society. Insomnia is a symptom and not a disease. The most common causes of it are medications, psychological conditions (for example, depression, anxiety), environmental changes (for example, travel, jet lag, or altitude changes), and stressful events. From the little research I conducted, I discovered that 87% of working class people are suffering from insomnia: this problem has severed many lives and we don’t seem to take it serious. Some people who have insomnia may have trouble falling asleep. Other people may fall asleep easily but wake up too soon. Others may have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and  lack of energy. It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. You may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning, and remembering. Insomnia also can cause other serious problems. For example, you may feel drowsy while driving, which could lead to an accident. You  can easily solve this problem by mixing the liquid of the fermented seed with honey; take one spoon every day for two weeks and you will sleep like a baby. 

5. Anti-microbial and wound healing agent: African oil bean seed is a very good anti-microbial agent and it takes care of microbial related diseases. It boosts immune system  and  makes wounds to heal quickly. African oil bean seed oil has shown great promise as antimicrobial and wound healing agent. Nigerian researchers have demonstrated how African oil bean seed, African star apple oil and avocado pear oil inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The study titled “The antimicrobial effect of oils from Pentaclethra macrophylla, Chrysophyllum albidum and Persea gratissima on some local clinical bacteria isolates ” was published in African Journal of Biotechnology. The researchers include Ugbogu O. C. and Akukwe A. R. of the Department of Microbiology, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State,Nigeria.

6.Iron Deficiency: According to the study published recently in Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, the mineral content of the analyzed samples showed that African oil bean seeds were rich in iron of value 140.97 mg/100 g. The analysis indicates that potassium is the most abundant mineral. The high calcium/ potassium (Ca/P) ratio indicates that African oil bean seed is a very good food source. The researchers concluded: “The result of the analysis shows that African oil bean seed is rich in protein and it could be used as alternative source of protein in diet/ protein supplement especially in underdeveloped countries such as Nigeria. This study also revealed that African oil bean seeds have high available energy and high fat content. This study revealed that African oil bean sample is rich in iron when compared to Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) standard. “Iron is required for blood formation in the body and the normal functioning of central nervous system. The presence of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus would make African oil bean seed suitable for bone formation for children since the deficiencies of these minerals could lead to abnormal bone development. The high calcium/ phosphorus (Ca/P) value indicates that African oil bean is a very good food source. ”

7.  Eye defect: The consumption of good amount of  African Oil beans lowers the chances of developing cataracts. A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Not only can African Oil beans help to relieve the impaired vision that one suffers through as a result of cataracts, but it can help in the prevention as well.

8.Anaemia: The rich mineral composition of fermented seed makes it a good, low-cost source of protein. Increased intake of the seed as food increases haemoglobin values in test animals according to the Journal of Nutrition and Wellness. Increased oxygenation of tissue enhances specific hormones that stimulate the production of red blood cells important in proper cardiac function.

  How is it being used mostly as a food delicacy:

The seeds are fermented and used as  food supplement and are consumed alone, mixed with other food ingredients like stockfish, garden egg, sliced tapioca or they can be mixed with vegetable popularly known as Africa salad or as a condiment in soups and salads. It is very good for anybody who wants to live a healthy and I recommend it to all hubpage members.



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      Martha Orji 2 years ago

      Wow! This is an eye opener.