A tasty traditional fruit, African breadfruit, or ukwa in Igbo, is edible. It is similar to other exotic fruits including breadnuts, jackfruit, figs, and mulberries since it is a member of the Moraceae family. It is eaten in Nigeria where it serves as the main meal. Due to the seeds’ great nutritional content, they are of considerable importance.
UKWA has a lot of calories, much like other tropical fruits. 102 calories are included in 100 grams of breadfruit. In the form of xanthin and leutin, it includes trace levels of flavonoids and antioxidants. Vitamin C quantities in breadfruit are very high. 29 mg of the vitamin are included in 1 medium breadfruit or 48% of the daily desired value.
UKWA Health Benefits Include:
One cup of breadfruit has 60 grams of carbs, the body’s main energy source. It has many of advantages for sportsmen and gym users.
The fiber in breadfruit prevents the body from absorbing glucose from the food it consumes, therefore regulating the disease. It includes substances that the pancreas needs in order to produce insulin in the body.
Resistance Against Infections
Breadfruit contains good amounts of antioxidants, which help the body to develop resistance against infectious agents. It also scavenges harmful free radicals from the body that lead to aging and other age-related diseases.
Helps with Digestion
The fiber in breadfruit helps the colon and intestines operate normally by flushing out toxins from the intestine. By removing toxins from the stomach, it prevents disorders associated with digestion, such as gastritis, acid reflux, ulcers, and heartburn. By keeping cancer-causing substances out of the colon, breadfruit protects the mucous membrane of the colon.
Eating toasted breadfruit flowers might ease toothache. Thrush can also be treated by rubbing crushed breadfruit leaves on the mouth.
Reduces Unwanted Skin Inflammation
Fresh breadfruit extracts may assist in preventing excessive inflammation of the skin. It stops the overproduction of nitric oxides and the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes, reducing excessive inflammation.
Encourages New Cell Growth
The antioxidants in breadfruit provide an effective shield against sun rays and sun damage. It also encourages the growth of new cells to make the damaged skin appear smooth and young.
Cures Skin Infections
Ashes of the breadfruit leaves are useful for curing skin infections.
Treats Skin Diseases
The latex of the breadfruit tree is applied on skin surfaces affected by skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and inflammation.
Breadfruit contains several hair-friendly nutrients, which are for maintaining the health of the hair. Vitamin C in breadfruit also facilitates the absorption of minerals and provides nourishment to the hair.