Negro Pepper (Whentea) is a local spice here in Ghana and some parts of West Africa.
The name Negro pepper is its botanical name and many people may not know it by that name. Locally, it is called whentea in Twi and Uda in Igbo, Eeru Alamo in Yoruba and Chimba in Hausa.
In some other parts of the world, some know it as the grain of Selim or Selim pepper, Senegal pepper or kili pepper. Serves a very useful purpose in cooking as it produces a nice flavour and improves taste. However, its benefits are much more than that.
Whentea is enriched with many nutrients. As such, it can serve a wide range of purpose when it comes to nutrition and health.
Health Benefits of Whentea (Negro Pepper)
Some of the potent properties found in negro pepper include – flavonoids, alkaloids, cineol, phytosterols, tannins, saponins, carbohydrates, trans-pinocarveol, limonene, linalool, and β-caryophyllene.
Below are some health benefits of negro pepper
1. As a contraceptive
Apart from adding flavours to food, its ability to act, as a contraceptive is another main reason most women use it nowadays.
Not many women like the hormonal contraceptive way of birth control because of the side effects and future risks it has.
Therefore, Whentea provides a natural means of preventing pregnancy and a safer method of family planning with no side effects.
Medical studies have no proof for now with regards to the effectiveness of Whentea as a means of family planning or use as a contraceptive, but our ancestors knew better than our modern medicine,
However, many women can attest to its efficiency as they have the first-hand experience when it comes to its effectiveness.
For this purpose, they do soak a generous amount of uda seed in water for days for efficient extraction of the active ingredients, while
Some do use alcohol like dry gin instead of water, using dry gin may extract the active ingredients better, consuming it now and then will have a great toll on health and wellness.
Using this method should be your choice and should not replace medical advice and diagnosis.
2. Improves blood circulation.
Whentea is of no doubt a spicy herb. Its spiciness may not be as prominent as that of chilli peppers, but the little it possesses is one of the reasons new nursing mothers take it. That is because; the spiciness helps to improve or increase blood circulation and as such can work to prevent blood-clotting forming in the womb after delivery.
Many women also believe that doing this also helps to prevent fibroid formation, improve menstruation and treat other blood-related issues like no or irregular periods, though
Not many people share this belief of uda seed and so not everyone takes it after delivery.
But for sure, Whentea has great benefits to anyone that consumes it, whether a new mum or not.
3. Helps in weight loss
Taking Whentea as a weight loss tea is a good thing. However, this may work for some people and may not work for others.
One thing many people may not understand about losing weight with herbs like uda is that it would not magically make you lose weight.
It helps to condition or promote a friendly environment for weight loss. I will make it clearer by explaining further with an example.
Just like combing your hair would not literally make it grow any inch further. Nevertheless, it will help to keep the hair in a good condition that will prevent tangling and breakage. That’s providing a conducive environment for the hair to grow well without much hindrances.
Whentea acts as a detoxifier.
Therefore, taking it either as a tea or as tincture will help to facilitate weight loss but you have to do the needful as well.
You have to eat right and exercise as well to have good results.
4. Fights infection
Naturally, the body’s immune system helps to fight infections and diseases, as well as suppress its activities.
Examples of such special organs are the white blood cells, bone marrow, antibodies, and others.
Negro pepper contains anti-bacteria that helps fight bacteria in the stomach that causes indigestion, dysentery, gastric ulcer and bowel irritation, it also has some anti-malarial properties, which can help fight malaria-causing infections.
5. Improves fertility
Many fertility herbs can help increase the chances of pregnancy and uda seed is one of them. More so, people have been using it for this effect for a long time now.
However, many have often wondered how a herb that can improve fertility can at the same time act as a contraceptive. Well, the concept is simpler than it sounds.
Whentea helps to flush out blood remnants in the womb, promoting fertility. Therefore, if it can do so, it can also flush out semen as well,
Let me stop here.
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