Summary Points

• Bambara groundnut is a neglected and underutilized grain legume mainly cultivated by small-scale farmers (usually women) in many parts of Africa.

• As a well-balanced food, bambara groundnut is an excellent supplement in helping to achieve a balanced diet and overcome malnutrition, especially among children.

• The seeds have potential therapeutic properties that may contribute to the health of local communities.

• The seeds, with or without other plant mixtures, are used in traditional medicine.

• High temperature negates antinutrients and inhibitor factors contained within the seeds.

• Pharmacological studies needed to confirm these ethno-botanical reports remain to be performed.

• Currently, no detailed biochemical studies have been published on toxicity and potential adverse effects associated with the medicinal usage of bambara groundnut.

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