Prekese, botanically called tetrapleura tetraplera is a shiny, spicy fruit which grows in pods.
It is a specie of the pea family and native to West Africa. Prekese is referred to as a medicinal plant due to its richness in protein, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, calcium, iron, sodium, sugars, antioxidants and vitamin c.
In this article we learn about five benefits of Prekese including controlling diabetes and boosting the immune system.
Prekese as a medicinal plant is cooked in soup, used for tea and crushed for healthy purposes. Its fragrance adds flavour to food and serve as a mosquito repellent. Prekese is known in English as Aidan fruit.Its other names include shosho, osakirisa, ubukirihu, prɛkɛsɛ, Ighirehimi, Imiminje, Apapa, and Edeminang,
- Control Diabetes
Prekese is known to be beneficial for treating Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Research shows that the fruit extract has the ability to lower the level of glucose during fasting and even non-fasting hours. It also helps relax the nerves and aids the easy flow of blood in the body.
- Support Immune System
Prekese is a rich source of vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and other minerals or nutrients. The nutrients support and strengthen the immune system.
The presence of zinc in the plant provides protection against viruses that lead to respiratory tract infection, iron restores lost blood, as potassium and calcium help manage, prevent, control muscle disorder and strengthens the bones.
- Postpartum Care
The plant pods contain calcium, iron and potassium which when crushed or used as a soup additive for a postpartum mother, prevents contraction to a large extent.
These minerals help new mothers produce more milk and restores lost blood. It also serves as a vital nutrient for mothers recovering from childbirth.
- Antibacterial Properties
The plant contains antibacterial and microbial properties which make Prekese a good disinfectant. It is also used in the healing of wounds and minor injuries; works effectively when grounded into a thick paste and applied on wound.
The extract from the plant can be used to heal skin diseases, irritation and bacterial diseases.
- Digestive Problems
The plant can be used for the treatment of digestive disorders like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain due to its presence of phytochemicals.