5 Health Benefits Of Prekese

November 07, 2017 at 14:08
5 Health Benefits Of Prekese

Tetrapleura tetraptera is a species of flowering plant in the pea family native to Western Africa. The plant is called Prekese (or, more correctly, Prɛkɛsɛ) in the Twi language of Ghana. It is also called Uhio (Uhiokrihio) in the Igbo Language of Nigeria,

The tree has many uses. Its sweet fragrance is highly valued. The fruit is conventionally used as spice and as a natural multivitamins. It is rich in protein, lipids, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin C. In Nigeria, it is cooked in soup and fed to mothers to prevent post-partum contraction. In Ghana, prekese has been used to flavor soft drinks. The major constituents are Tannins, flavonoids and starch.

In West Africa, the plant Tetrapleura tetraptera (locally known as Aridan) is used as a spice, a medicine and as a dietary supplement rich in vitamins. It is mostly found in Ghana in the West Africa. it is used to prepare palm nut soup because of it medicinal benefits.


Below are 5 health benefits of Prekese:

1. Diabetes

Prekese Fruit Juice

As per a study done on rats, it was found that Tetrapleura tetraptera or Uyayak is very beneficial in controlling type 2 diabetes mellitus. It was also found that prekese fruit extract was beneficial in lowering blood glucose levels in both fasting and nonfasting conditions.

2. Fever And Enema

A person who is recovering from a medical condition is often asked to bathe with water soaked with whole fruit. This also gives fast relief from feverish conditions. Similar infusion also helps people suffering from constipation, enema, and emetic.

3. Mosquito Repellent

The fruit has a strong smell due to which it is often used as the mosquito repellent and is effective too. This property is attributed to the presence of essential oils in it.

4. Pospartum Care

Edeminang pod is used as an additive in the soup which is served to postpartum mother to avoid contraction. The pods are rich in potassium, iron, and calcium which are the three most important ingredients required for postpartum woman. The soup also helps in the production of milk in new mothers and helps to restore the lost blood.

5. Wound Healing Properties

Wet fruit extract of the dry prekese has very good wound healing properties. Traditionally the aqueous extract from the fruit is used for healing which is proved scientifically too. However, the low concentration (200mg/ml) of the extract proved to be more efficient than when high concentration (2000mg/ml) extract was taken. The study was done at the University of Uyo.

To have best effects always use the fruit extract in low concentration for healing wounds.



  1. This is good info,thanks

  2. This is how our old people healed themselves

  3. This is the one thing i need

  4. Great stuff

  5. This is amazing

  6. Please can i combine prekese and awerewa into my drinks and food??

  7. Adu-Ankamah Stephen : July 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    God loves Ghana to have endowed her with this plant and many more

  8. Abenaa Dapaah : August 9, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Great stuff, Ghana is blessed indeed!

  9. Very new to me,very interesting but I would like to better understand how to properly use it for treatment of medical conditions. When I was leaving Ghana I was given a pod and a bottle of powder and told to cook it in soups. I need more and better information. Thanks for what I got, I appreciate it.

  10. I will give it a try cos my senior has been using it and has being helping him. Good plants are in the system but too hard to find.

  11. Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

  12. I went over this site and I think you have a lot of good information, saved to fav 🙂

  13. Very good used it during my postpartum period

  14. I am glad I found this

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  17. Pls is it good fordrying up fibroid

  18. Atooba Abiodun : October 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Pls does this work fibroid too and how are we going to use it and is it whole thing that we’re going to boil or only the seeds

  19. Can I please get a picture of the seeds and I will like to know if Iam to boil the prekesse together will be waiting for response

  20. This is great, I know through research that the plant is very good for restoring blood loss as well, however it is dangerous for male fertility. It can cause abnormal sperm development which leads to male factor infertility

  21. Thanks for the insight

  22. Great information, good to know

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  26. Sylvester Ackah : January 7, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Is the fruit good to drink when boiled with water for the treatment of blood pressure

  27. Pls what are the side effect of prekese?

  28. Dzedew Kofi Akon : February 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Ghana herbal medicine and health sciences should team up to bring teachings like this in the world and social media optimization for natural herbs healings and health benefits for all .
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  29. Kweku Nwachukwu Onyejekwe : March 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    The results of the studies carried out by university of Uyo is very correct. I have had sequestrotomy 5 times in NOH.Igbobi & Korle Bu only to have discharge from the sinus points resurfacing. Everything ceased when I started spending more time in Ghana with family and eating soups that had prekese. Glory to God.

  30. Patricia oko : March 17, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This is good

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