YORUBA- EWEDU, HAUSA- RAMA, IGBO-AHIHARA
Order : Malvales
Family : Malvaceae
Sub family: Grewioideae
Genus: Corchorus Olitorius
Jute mallow is used as a food source in many parts of the world. It is a popular vegetable in different parts of Nigeria because it is not just rich in nutrition but also has a lot of health benefits.
The leaves are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. The leaves contain almost all the nutrients needed by humans and are high in anti oxidant property primarily in the form of vitamin A, C, AND E Sponge up free radicals, scooping them up before they can cause harm to the cells.
These anti oxidants combine with free radicals that cause health problems like arthritis, hardening of arteries, heart and kidney ailments and inhibits the harmful and destructive effects of these radicals.
- The green leaf has been described as a source of weight loss serving ewedu without meat or fish only has 97 calories.
- The leaves contain vitamin C or Ascorbic acid which promotes production of collagen that keeps the skin supple and youthful.
- The vitamin A content of the leaves aids in repairing the body cells and improves eye sight It helps to fight acne and also works to rebuild damaged tissues.
- The vitamin E content of jute mallow slows down the aches and pains associated with aging holds infertility at bay and increases stamina.
- The leaves are rich in fiber which helps to control weight, blood pressure, bad cholesterol build-up, diabetes and prevent heart disease.
- It has anti-aging benefits and a high percentage of Calcium, which contributes to strong teeth and bones.
- It can help to reduce the visibility of fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. It can also help to combat dull skin, which tends to be one of the first signs of aging.
- The high fibre content in Jute mallow helps to keep the digestive system healthy by promoting regular bowel movements.
Do you know that I have made it one of my favorite soup, mmmmmm I enjoy it with hot amala, What about you?