Pepper fruit with botanical name Dennettia tripetala G. Baker is from the Annonaceae family that is used in West African countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. It may interest you to note that pepper fruit apart from being an eatable fruit, can also be used in preparing herbal medicines. In this article, I listed out the health benefits of pepper fruit, how to use pepper fruit to cure cancer, convulsions, diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases and side effects of pepper fruit.
Different names of pepper fruit in Nigeria
1. Igbo : Mmimi
2. Yoruba : Ata Igbere
3. Efik : Nkarika
4. Niger Delta : Imako
Medical properties of pepper fruit
1. crude protein (15.31%)
2. Carbohydrate (62%)
3. crude fibres (9.84%)
4. crude lipids (3.47%)
5. moisture (8.0%).
6. calorific 480.24
7. calcium (1.80%)
8. phosphorus (0.33%)
9. Potassium (2.50%)
10. magnesium (0.42%).
15. ascorbic acid
The health benefits of pepper fruit
1. Prevents cancer
2. Treats Infantile Convulsion
3. Contains Anti-Viral Properties
4. Boosts the Organs of the Body
5. Serves as a Postpartum Tonic
6. Good for Diabetic Patients
7. Can be used in Treating Gastrointestinal Diseases
How to use pepper fruit to cure cancer
Mmimi is an good source of flavonoids and contains essential anti-inflammatory properties that have been scientifically proven to be effective in reducing the occurrence of cancer in the human body.
Medical studies conducted by Graf et al in 2005, Jagla, S.W in 2013 and the University of Illinois at Chicago in United States hypothesized that pepper fruit extract stops the growth of prostate cancer cells in the human body with the help of its growth inhibitory and cytotoxic effects.
Also, another srudy by the International Journal of Cancer in 2009 also reveals that Pepper fruit is capable of reducing the risk of breast cancers in women.
How to treats Infantile Convulsion using pepper fruit
Infantile convulsion is a neurological genetic disorder that affects majorly infants within the first twelve months and if left untreated, can lead to paroxysmal kinesigenic choreoathetosis but the good news is that pepper fruit oil, fruit, and seed extract contains 1-nitro-2-phenyl ethane and other potent properties that help in treating neurological genetic disorders.
In addition, to its benefits, pepper fruit does not just help in treating infantile convulsion but it also helps in stimulating sleep for people who find it difficult to get a sound sleep.
How to use pepper fruit to treat cold
In Nigeria, cold is one of the most common viral infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract and this infections may develop due to several reasons. But it may interest you to know that this fruit is rich with anti-viral properties which help in combating viral infectious diseases like cold, cough, and fever. And they can also be mixed with other ingredients to prepare local herbs for treating cold.
Boosts the Organs of the Body
Human body relies on several organs to keep functioning effectively day in day out but, if there is any damage to any of the vital organs like liver and the kidney, it may have side effect on the body
It may interest you to know that studies have reveal that the extract of pepper fruit help in boosting the functions of the liver as well as the kidney while also preventing them from infections that could cause colossal damage.
How to use pepper fruit as Postpartum Tonic
Most people have asked after the relationship between pepper fruit and pregnancy. Well, pepper fruit is great for women after childbirth as it can be used as postpartum tonic which helps in stimulating uterus contraction, healing of the wounds sustained.
To use, grind a quantity of pepper fruit seeds and use in cooking food for the nursing mum immediately after giving birth. It can also be eaten the fruit raw as it produces a similar effect.
How to treat Diabetic using pepper fruit
Diabetes is mostly caused by an increase in the level of blood sugar but pepper fruit helps to lower blood sugar levels as it contains potent antihyperglycemic properties. Also regular intake of pepper fruit can help put blood sugar levels in check to prevent or control diabetes.
How to use pepper fruit to cure Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal diseases include stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, worm infestation, etc but Pepper fruit contains numerous properties which help in treating these diseases.
Possible side effects of Pepper Fruit
Avoid or reduce the intake of this fruit during pregnancy to avoid adverse conditions, forced or premature labor for pregnant women, especially in the third trimester.
Other side effects of pepper fruit will arise if you consume too much of it and it will lead to gastrointestinal problems.
From this article on how to use pepper fruit to cure cancer, convulsions, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, you can see that pepper fruit has a lot of amazing health benefits and good medicinal properties which can serve as potent, nutritious food supplements and herbal drug.