Okazi or afang leaf, botanically known as Gnetum Africanum is a climbing leafy vegetable that belongs to the family of Gnetaceae.Okazi has a thick paper like leaves which are usually hard to cut. Due to the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties of Gnetum Africanum, the leaf can be used as a remedy for certain ailments and diseases. While the Western world refer to okazi leaf as wild spinach or wild vegetable.
Ukazi leaf is an excellent source of aspartic acid, dietary fibre, cysteine, protein, vitamins, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, copper, glutamic acid, leucine and essential amino acids that are required by the body. The relatively high protein content of G. Africanum plant contains a high amount of essential acids that can act as an alternative energy source especially when the carbohydrate metabolism is damaged due to gluconeogenesis.
Benefits Of Okazi
Okazi leaves can be used for treating sore throats, boils, warts or nausea.
Okazi stem can be eaten raw for reducing childbirth pain as well as menstrual pain.
Okazi stem can be used for reducing pain during childbirth.
Apart from the leaves, the okazi tuber and seeds can be cooked and eaten as food.
The seeds and the leaves of Okazi have been proven medically efficient for treating enlarged spleen.
The pedicles can be cut, crushed and mixed with soap, which is used for washing the hair in other to stimulate hair growth.
Okazi vine contains a high level of iodine.
The seeds can be chewed raw for controlling excessive urination.
It serves as an antidote for poisons.
Traditionalists use the okazi leaf for preparing medicines used in treating children suffering from measles.
The seeds of Okazi can be used as fungicide for dressing wounds.
The Okazi bark can be used for producing fishing nets and rope.
Below is a video that would teach you how to make a sumptuous Okazi soup