Ewedu Leaves : What You Should Know About Them
Ewedu leaf known as Jute leaf in english is a popular leaf in western part of Africa.In fact the yoruba people in Nigeria loves the combination of Ewedu Soup , Gbegiri (Bean Soup) and Amala. A week without this food combination is an incomplete week to many people in Nigeria. Little did some people know that these wonderful leaves have many health benefits. Ewedu leaves pack the antioxidant trio of Vitamins A, C and E which fend off free radicals thereby protecting the body from degenerative diseases.
These leaves also increase the collagen production to keep the skin firm and smooth. Studies have shown that this green leafy vegetable is rich in beta-carotene for good eyesight, calcium for heathy bones and teeth ,
iron for heathy red blood cells . In the Ancient Hindu system of healing, Jute leaves are used for pain, tumors and piles.
For pregnant women experiencing prolonged labour, a bunch of Jute leaves can be squeezed with the stem which can be given to the pregnant woman to drink. This great leaf also aid milk secretion in lactating mothers.
For those trying to lose weight, these leaves provide low calorie and it’s a very good source of fibre which is an important component in weight reduction.If you are trying to lose weight, include ewedu in your diet.
It is also known to contain antioxidants that have been associated with protection from chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension. Just blend the leaves with little water and take have a cup of it.
Half a cup of prepared ewedu will give you the following nutrients: 20 calories ,0.3 grams of fat, 3.1 grams of carbohydrate, 0.4 grams of fiber, 1.3 grams of protein, 87 mg of calcium, 22 mg of phosphorous, 1,334 IU of
beta-carotene, 1 mg of iron, 0.02 mg of thiamin, 0.04 mg of riboflavin, 0.3 mg of niacin, 10 mg of Vitamin C, 48.9 IU of Vitamin E.
In conclusion, these great leaves boost our immune system and nourishes our body system. So if you are not a fan of ewedu, it is hightime you join ewedu supporters club…lol