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Health Benefits of Ewedu

One leafy vegetable we all love to eat is Jute Leaves. Common among the Yorubas and famously called “Ewedu”, this green slimy soup is a healthy meal. It is called Ahingbara in Igbo and Rama in Hausa. This vegetable is christened with names including, Molokhia or Corchorus Olitorus as its botanical name. Jute Mallow Leaves is very edible as it can be eaten raw, taken as a drink, boiled or prepared as a soup. It is usually blended, either with a manual blender or jute broom. It originated from Egypt and is a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Let’s take a closer look at reasons why it is a beneficial addition to your diet.

It helps regulate Blood Pressure:

Surprisingly, you do not need a daily check up with your doctor, so far as you consult with a drink of Jute Leaf. Taking care of your health should be an utmost priority, Jute Leaves contain Potassium that helps lower blood pressure levels.

Increases Digestion:

Ewedu contains dietary fiber that assists with digestion. Disruptive eating habits can be reduced as it helps optimize and regulate your digestive process. Jute Leaves also reduces cholesterol, thereby prevents bloating.

Mends Sleep Habits:

Do you have sleeping disorders like insomnia and others? Enjoy your nights better when you eat jute leaves. Magnesium contained in it helps you relax your nerves and have a restful sleep pattern.

Advances Bone health:

Calcium contributes to strong teeth and bones. Jute leaves have iron, magnesium, and selenium in abundance. It is by far the vegetable on market for increasing bone health. It guarantees strong and durable bones for many years to come. No wonder, our grandparents were always looking physically fit without visiting a gym. Next time you need to pick a fight with your landlord, drink enough of its juice as an energy drink. 😀

It improves the skin:

Ewedu contains Vitamin A, C, and E. These vitamins help in the production of collagens that helps skin health. No wonder, Cleopatra of Egypt was rumoured to have Ewedu as her beauty secret regime. 😉

Foils Colds and Flu:

Since it contains Vitamin C, it helps fight oncoming cold. Jute Leaves play an important role in the body’s ability to fight off colds and viruses.

What other health benefits are you aware of? Write in the comment box your testimonial of Ewedu.

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Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.



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