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Garden egg: A Neglected Glaucoma Vegetable

Garden egg: A Neglected Glaucoma Vegetable

Olanum melongena LINN, popularly known in Nigeria as garden egg. while it is locally referred to as anyara among the Igbos, within the Yorubas, it is locally known as obe igba

  1. From a cultural viewpoint,garden egg is regarded  as fertility fruit/vegetable,which informs the reason for serving it during traditional wedding ceremonies.

There are so many benefits of garden egg such as weight control, sugar control, heart functions and so on. However,the subject of today’s discussion is its benefits for in management of intra-ocular pressure.

According to a research conducted by S. A. Igwe, Dora Akunyili and C. Ogbogu, published in the 2003 issue of the journal of Ethnopharmacology on ‘Effects of Garden Egg on some visual functions of visually active Igbos of Nigeria’, found out that eating plenty of garden egg would be of benefit to patients suffering from raised intraocular pressure (glaucoma) and convergence insufficiency.

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