Local research has shown that locust bean helps to promote good sight and drives away hypertension and diseases conditions like stroke and diabetes. It also contains tannins, astringent substances found in many plants. Foods rich in tannins are often recommended for treatment of diarrhoea.
African locust bean popularly known as iru is of great importance in Nigeria as people rely on it as a source of food, traditional medicine and remedy for several ailments.
Both the fruits, seeds, leaves, nuts, pods and essential oils of the African locust beans are highly valuable. The seeds, which are enclosed in the yellow pulp are the most important and the most widely used part of this plant.
This traditional goodness is also known as Iru ‘Dadawa’, ‘Dawadawa’ and commonly used for traditional Nigerian soups and stews for its bold flavour. Locust bean is high in protein, fibre and may help decrease blood sugar and blood fat levels. It is also used in infant formulas to help reduce reflux. Local research has shown that locust bean helps to promote good sight and drives away hypertension and diseases conditions like stroke. It helps in boosting your immune system, relieve diseases like diarrhoea, diabetes and reduces the chance of heart attack.