THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTERLEAF
Bitter leaf ,popularly known as Ewuro amongst the Yoruba, Onugbu by the Igbo and called shiwaka by the Hausa, is very a common vegetable grown abundantly almost everywhere in the country . Renowned for its bitter tastes, Bitter leaf plant has numerous essential health benefits underneath that bitterness.
Botanically called Vernonia Amygdalina, this shrub has been used by traditional locals to treat different ailment, diseases, due to the medicinal value and healing potencies present in this vegetable. Bitter leaf can be prepared by juicing it with blender, juicer, or you can do it the traditional way by adding little water to the leaves rubbing it on your palm and squeezing the juice out of it. Another way it is by cooking it as a soup (Bitter Leaf soup a popular delicacy amongst the Southeast people of Nigeria). But it works effectively when it’s juiced. Some of the benefits are as follows
- It increases the rate of metabolism in the body system thereby improving loss of weight.
- It contains anti-parasite, anti-bacteria properties that are needed to cure malaria, therefore for it is anti-malaria.
- It detoxifies the blood, prevents indigestion, rheumatism, scurvy and nourishes the skin.
- Prevents diabetes, regular intake of bitter leaf in your diet, helps to counter the effects of excess sugar in your blood stream, thereby reducing the high level of sugar in the blood.
- Cure common skin diseases, such as eczema, ringworms, and rashes etc, just by squeezing the leaves and apply it to the parts affected.
- Bitter leaf juice when taken by nursing mothers improves the quality and production of breast milk.
- Cures mild stomach ailment, pile, fight liver problems, and energizes you.
- Finally it’s a rich source of vitamins, such as Vitamin A, vitamin B1 & B2 which are needed by our body.Important Notice: In as much as it has numerous benefits, it is advise able not to take it during pregnancy, as high intake of bitter leaf can cause miscarriage.