DAY 1: Local Food Health Challenge- Gilitia Tea

day 1 challenge

Health Benefits of Gilitia Tea:

Locally called whintia has a wide range of biological activities including insecticidal, anti-tumour, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, hypotensive and coronary vasodilatory effects, and these were attributed to the wide variety of secondary metabolites in the plant (Fleischer, 2003). Its anti-hypertensive and diuretic effects have also been reported.
Warning: local breweries use this spice to make alcohol. A study by Eze Kingsley Nwangwa from the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences College of Health Sciences, Delta State University studied the effects of ethanolic extract of Xylopia aethiopica on male reproductive organ in Wistar rats was studied.The conclusion of this study indicates that Xylopia aethiopica has anti-fertility effects on male reproduction, a further study is required to investigate the reversibility of this effect for its possible use as male contraceptive agent.

Drinking the alcoholic version of this spice may reduce male fertility.
It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Ginger reduces pain and inflammation, making it valuable in managing arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
Warning:  For diabetics, Ginger might lower your blood sugar. As a result, your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.Heart conditions: High doses of ginger might worsen some heart conditions.


Limes are good for women’s health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!

Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peels of citrus fruits contain an inhibitor of melanin production. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and deposit itself as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyperpigmentation.

Limes are anti carcinogenic :The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, scientists have observed that antioxidant limonoids also cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate.

Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones. Fresh or from concentrate, lime juice contains more citric acid than orange or grapefruit juice. Citric acid is a natural inhibitor of kidney stones made of crystallized calcium. Go for fresh lime juice squeezed into water, as opposed to commercial limeades, for maximal benefits.

Limes may lower cholesterol. The primary flavonoid found in the limes, known as hesperidin, has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in animals fed a high-cholesterol diet. Get the most hesperidin out of heart-smart limes by eating as much of the white pith as possible.

Warning: If you choose to drink lime juice daily, make sure you use a straw to drink it as the acidic content of the juice may cause irritation of your gums and mouth.

Kate Tutu

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