Turkey Berries (Solanum torvum) can be found in Ghana, China, Thailand, The Caribbean, South America, Indonesia, Florida, Alabama, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico and other places in the world.
In Ghana, they are popularly called Kwahu Nsusua, Beduru, Tinvii tinvii, Kantosey etc. and are mostly available in the wild and backyard gardens. The leaves of the berry plant are similar to that of the eggplants. It has thorns and can last for about 3 years before replanting from seeds may be required.
The local name “Kwahu Nsusua” as pronounced is rather “Kwanho Nsusua” to mean Roadside/wayside berries. In Akan, “Зkwan” is road or way and “nsusua” is berries.
Traditionally, we mostly use the turkey berries in household meals, giving it a slightly bitter taste. Moreover, the turkey berries have some amazing healing benefits, and we take this post to highlight some of them.
1. Treatment of Anaemia
Turkey berries contain lots of iron and so very good for treating anaemia. They stimulate the production of red blood cells. The berries can be used in soups and consumed daily to increase red blood cell production.
2. Treatment of Indigestion and diarrhoea
Turkey Berries are good for digestion and help to treat indigestion, stomachaches and diarrhoea. The berries are also capable of neutralising acid in the stomach making them important for healing gastric ulcers.
3. Prevents intestinal worms
Regular intake of the berries can prevent the formation of worms in the intestine. Dried and powdered berries can be added to gravies and eaten.
4. Treatment of Diabetes
Add dried powdered leaves of the Turkey Berry plant to cooked berries to control diabetes. They are used to lower blood sugar.
5. Prevention and healing of Colds and flu
The berries also help with preventing and healing colds and flu. Use the berries to prepare soup and take.
6. Protection from Cancer
Dr Paul Haider says “Turkey Berries are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and stops the excessive cell growth making it important for cancer. Studies show that extract of Turkey Berry can protect against lung cancer”.
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7. Treatment of Phlegm and mucus
Turkey berries can also help get rid of phlegm and mucus. Dry berries and make into powder, this will dry up the mucus, helps with asthma, coughing, lung inflammation etc.
8. Prevention and treatment of Kidney disease
According to Dr Paul Haider, studies show that the berries can also help prevent and treat kidney disease and even reverse tubular necrosis and glomerular congestion, therefore making it important for treating kidney disease.
9. Prevention of cardiovascular diseases and strokes
Additionally, the berries contain saponins, flavonoids, torvosides, alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, cholorogenome, etc. and are powerful antioxidants that prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes and cancer. The dried berries made into a powder helps to lower blood pressure and prevent heart attacks.
10. Regulate menstruation
Turkey Berries help regulates menstruation and so help with regular menstrual periods.
11. Prevention of Pains, redness and gout
The berries help flush out uric acid thus helping to prevent or reduce pain, redness and symptoms of gout.
Moreover, Turkey Berry Leaf contains powerful anti-inflammatory agent and natural steroids called soasoline, great for arthritis, lower back pain and swelling, and pain in general. Turkey Berries are very important for health since inflammation is the first step towards all diseases.
Dr. Paul Haider advises that Eating the raw Turkey Berries could be toxic if not cleaned and prepared.
Reference: “The Amazing Healing Qualities of Turkey Berries” by Dr Paul Haider