Health Benefits of Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina)

bitter leaf juice , Health Benefits of Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina)
 Bitter leaf plant


Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) is a vegetable used for preparing the popular Bitter leaf soup. It is also known as Onugbu, Shiwaka & Ewuro by the Igbos, Hausas&YorubaS in Nigeria.

Although this plant has been around for hundreds of years, only a few people know of its medicinal and healing properties.

Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) as the name implies, is actually a bitter plant whose leaves, extracts, stems and barks are used for culinary,medicinal and curative purposes. Vitamins in Bitter leaf includes;Vitamin A, Vitamin C ,Vitamin E, Vit.B1 and Vit.B2.
 
My grandma was a big fan of the bitter leaf juice, and on one of my visits she made me drink the juice to cure a fever. I hated the bitter taste, at that time, but when I realized the fever was gone, I humbly joined the Bitter leaf fan club ... .... those grey hair on her head ain't there for nothing, Right... hehehe.


Bitter leaf and Spinach Juice

Well, To get the best results from the bitter leaf plant, it's best taken freshly squeezed from the leaves. 

 How to extract the Bitter leaf Juice
This can be done, the old school way of rubbing the clean leaves in between your palms with the help of a little water and squeezing out the juice from the leaves.

You can also use a juicer or blend the leaves in a blender and strain out the extract with a cheese cloth, coffee strainer or a sieve with a tight mesh.

Bitter leaf juice on its own, is quite bitter and this taste might be unbearable for a lot of people.
 So to reduce the bitterness of the  bitter leaf juice, simply blend it with spinach or Ugwu (fluted pumpkin). If you still find it extremely bitter, then add some sweet fruits to it, such as pineapple , apples, or oranges.

Dry bitter leaf is also potent, but has to be properly cleaned before use.

Some of the health benefits of  Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) Includes;

  * It speeds up metabolism and therefore is great for weight loss. 

* Bitter leaf juice relieves fever and feverish conditions. Take the squeezed juice, 3 times daily until the symptoms disappears.

* It also helps to reduce high sugar level in the blood, and great for diabetic patients.

* Squeeze the fresh leaves on your palm and apply the juice on skin rashes,eczema, ring worms and any superficial skin ailments, you'll notice a change in few days. Don't apply to open wounds.

* Bitter leaf is said to soothe and also cure pile .

* Taking a cup of bitter leaf juice a day, is a great way to detoxify the body of harmful toxins.

* Bitter leaf juice nourishes the skin.

* Bitter leaf also cures mild stomach ailments

* A cup of bitter leaf juice a day, energizes you...o yes it does.

Click Here for a delicious bitter leaf soup Recipe

bitter leaf juice , Health Benefits of Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina)
Bitter leaf soup made with dried leaves

Health Benefits of Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina)
Dried Bitter leaves




For Research references:
* Photo of (Vernonia amygdalina) by R.R.Schippers
* Ijeh II, Ejike CECC (2011). "Current perspectives on the medicinal potential of Vernonia amygdalina Del". J Med Plant Res 5 (7): 1051–1061...
*Kokwaro, John (2009). Medicinal Plants of East Africa 3rd ed. Nairobi, Kenya: University of Nairobi Press. ISBN 9966-846-84-0.




****Always seek medical advise before you try anything new ****



BY Nky Lily Lete

45 comments:

  1. Is true, bitter leaf takes care of fever. As an undergraduate, i never went to the hospital, each time i feel feverish i squeeze and drink the water and am well again.

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    1. Thanks for confirming this dear.. it does work well for fever.

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  2. where can we get the fresh bitter leaf to buy

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    1. It's sold at all Nigerian markets, but if you live outside Nigeria, you can search at any African Food store.

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    2. Does bitter leave juice really burn body fat

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    3. It speeds up metabolism, in that way your can lose some fat too.

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  3. Am highly impressed. I will try it and confirm it's benefits

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    1. Please do dear ,,, you'll be glad you did :)

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  4. saidu from minna, niger stateNovember 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Nky, am real glad for all d health benefits of all these natural leafs and vegetables I saw. I just Like to read, understand, confirm and actualise things like this, please keep it up.

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    1. Me too saidu, I love to know stuff like this. You can check the okra benefits too. Here it is http://www.nigerianfoodtv.com/2013/06/okra-health-benefits-of-okra-okro.html

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  5. Does Bitter leave helps to burn fat and is it ideal to keep d juice in d frezer

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    1. Bitter leaf juice helps to speed up metabolism which in turn aids digestion and reduce bloating(which may make you feel and look fat)... and yes you can put the juice in the freezer.

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  6. Just took one cup and I found it aids metabolism truly because I started feeling light after taking the juice.

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    1. I'm glad you tried and liked it dear, thanks for the feedback :)

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  7. can bitter leaf juice de-worm?

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    1. Yes dear, it can be used to de-worm. Take the juice first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth and then use the toilet .

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  8. Is it true that bitter leaf juice cures sexually transmitted diseases?

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    1. I don't know about that dear, but I have read that most herbalists make healing concoction from the roots and stem, but I`ll recommend a visit to a health practitioner before trying any STD concoction.

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  9. kudos to you my dear! keep it up.

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  10. can bitter leaves cure liver and kiddney

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  11. Great article, best way to reduce the bitter taste is by adding lemon juice........but is it really bitter?
    Love it and been enjoying amazing health benefit....

    Great site you have, just found it writing and reading an article on bitter leaf from naturalnews.com

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  12. It speeds up metabolism & help to reduce sugar level,can bitter leaves cure liver & kidney diseases?

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    1. Bitter leaves are used by herbalists to cure several illnesses, but I'll recommend you Always seek medical advise before you try anything new

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  13. I took this drink for 3 days and it worked as a detox and cleansing drink... it's time the whole world start noticing indigenous African vegetables as great healing herbs.. thanks for this ma.

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    1. You are so right, Linda, thanks for your input :)

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  14. Bitter leaf really does work. Just took the soup and the after taste especially after taking water is AMAZING. Great work Nky

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    1. Oh dear, I know that after taste...it makes you want more and more bitter leaf soup :)

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  15. What are some vitamins that bitter leaf has?

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    1. Vitamins in Bitter leaf includes;Vitamin A, Vitamin C ,Vitamin E, Vit.B1 and Vit.B2

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  16. it is true. i didn't have fever for the whole 2013 while i was taking bitter leaf juice to lower my blood sugar

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  17. bitter leave is truely medicinal

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  18. good to hear, will definitely give it a trial. awwch, the taste!

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    1. Lol.. yes I know the taste isn't so appealing, but you can add some fruit juices or even blend it with spinach or ugwu :)

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  19. Nice work! will definitely give it a trial. mmm...the taste!

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  20. is dry leaves work as fresh leaves?

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  21. is dry leaves work as fresh leaves?

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    1. Fresh is better ,but if you get the one that was clean dried, it will work too.

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  22. What if you have any infection in your system and want to clean your heart of smoke from cigerratte . thank u.

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  23. can bitter leave cure malaria

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