The virtues of tetrapleura tetraptera(04 Coté) and these health benefits
- By Houedegnon Zougnon
- On 10/06/2022
Tetrapleura tetraptera is a species of flowering plant in the pea family native to West Africa. The plant is called Prekese (or, more correctly, Prɛkɛsɛ) in the Twi language of Ghana. It is also called Ohio (Uhiokrihio) in the Igbo language of Nigeria. We also called it linja, Aidan in the Fon language of Benin.
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04cote is a native plant belonging to the pea family (Fabaceae). It is a unique steam perennial tree with dark green leaves. It is a thick, woody base and spreads branches. 04 sides have a wide natural distribution over much of tropical Africa in winter. The fruit of the plant has a fragrant smell, which has been attributed to its insect repellent properties. It grows in pairs, that is, the flower grows steam at the end of the branches. the fruits are green when tender, but when fully ripe they turn dark red-brown. The pod remains closed even when fully ripened. 04 sides are about 20-28 cm long, with 4-5 cm wide. It has 4 slightly curved longitudinal wings. Aidan fruit bears yellowish and pink coloured flowers, the fruit has a dark brown pod when ripe. It is usually found in the lowland forest zone. The fruits hang on sturdy stalks at the edges of the branches and have a brownish colour. The pod contains tiny, hard seeds that are about 9mm long.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF AIDAN
04 COTES as it is popularly known in West Africa is in high demand due to its medicinal and aromatic values. Research reveals that it has anti-inflammatory, neuromuscular, anti-ulcer, hypotensive, molluscicidal, cardiovascular and antimicrobial properties. It is used for various healing, therapeutic, cosmetology and culinary purposes. 04 sides strongly reach calcium, iron, potassium, alkaloids, saponins, zinc, phosphorus and flavonoids
The fruit is traditionally used as a spice and as a natural multivitamin.
It is rich in proteins, lipids, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin C.
In Nigeria, it is cooked in a soup and given to mothers to prevent postpartum contraction.
In Ghana, prices have been used to flavour soft drinks. The main constituents are tannins, flavonoids and starch.
In West Africa, it is used as a spice, medicine and as vitamin-rich food supplement.
It is used to prepare palm nut soup due to its medicinal benefits.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF AIDAN
Aidan fruit juice
It is very beneficial in controlling type 2 diabetes mellitus. Aidan fruit extract has also been found to be beneficial in lowering fasting and non-fasting blood sugar.
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2. Fever and enema
A person recovering from a health condition is often asked to bathe in water soaked with whole fruit.
It also gives quick relief from feverish conditions. A similar infusion also helps people with constipation, enema and emetic.
3. Mosquito repellent
The fruit has a strong odour due to which it is often used as a mosquito repellent and is also effective. This property is attributed to the presence of essential oils.
To crush. Or grind to make incense. Mosquitoes will disappear.
4. Postpartum care
.. after birth
The pods are rich in potassium, iron and calcium, which are the three most important ingredients needed for a postpartum woman. The soup also helps with milk production in new mothers and helps restore lost blood.
5. Wound healing properties
The wet fruit extract of dry Ayidan has very good healing properties
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Written and edited by DJIMA Rachidatou on 23/04/2022
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