Health Benefits Of Alugbati Leaves (SPINACH)
Spinach commonly known as ALUGBATI, grown as a backyard vegetable plant in the garden.
Yoruba name : Amunututu
Like other green Vegetables, alugbati leaves are rich in iron and plenty of nutrition which is useful for health.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALUGBATI LEAVES
(1) Control Blood Pressure
Alugbati leaves are so powerful when it comes to controlling your blood pressure. It’s high manganese and potassium content are beneficial for heart rate and blood pressure. These are the main reasons why it can prevent heart disease as well as able to relieve a headache related to high blood pressure.
(2) Prevent Cancer
Like other vegetables, alugbati is also packed with antioxidants. It fights free radicals , which is the main reason for some cancers. According to studies , green vegetables are excellent in preventing the growth of cancer cells in oral cavity and lungs.
(3) Prevent Constipation
It’s leaves are good for your digestive system . It aids bowel movement thus, preventing constipation and other related digestive problems.
(4) Relieve Ulcer
The smoothness of alugbati leaves is able to relieve stomach ulcers, It is healthy and safe for any digestive problems.
(5) Good for Pregnancy
Alugbati leaves can provide folate, which is needed by pregnant women . It is essential for the baby’s nervous system.
(6) Lose Weights
Every single serving of alugbati leaves contains many nutrients like natural fiber, vitamins and minerals, However it is very low in calories. It’s fiber content is also beneficial in improving your digestive organs, therefore, resulting in a good metabolism system which is the key to losing weight.
(7) Release Toxins
As alugbati can improve bowel movement, it allows the body to release toxins from feces. Aside from this, its leaves are also known as a diuretic. It enables the body to release toxins through urine.
Also called as spinach, these leaves are also rich in iron. 100 grams of fresh leaves can fulfill 15% of your daily need for iron . Regular consumption of these can keep you from getting anemia.
(9) Improve Eyesight
Alugbati leaves and its stem are rich in vitamin A , which is important for eye’s health. Consumption of alugbati can, therefore, improve your eyesight.
(10) Help You Sleep
Besides maintaining the health of your skin and internal organs, spinach can also help you relax. Magnesium and zinc present in spinach, help you close your eyes, relax your whole body and quickly recharge your energy.
(11) Soften Skin
If you want to have soft skin , apply spinach leaves on your skin and use it as a facial mask. It re-hydrates and cools down your skin.
(12) Anti-Aging Property
Aside from cancer, free radicals also cause premature aging. Prevent this by applying spinach leaves to your skin . It has antioxidants that slow down the aging process and also makes your skin look younger.
(13) Reduce Swelling
The leaves’ ability in cooling down skin is beneficial in reducing swelling. It’s vitamin content blocks inflammation and reduces swelling.
(14) Boost Immunity
Various studies reveal that spinach are high in vitamin C . Which is very good in improving the immune system.
Recommendation In Consuming spinach Leaves
Make sure to choose fresh , shiny leaves and firm stems. Avoid those sunken or discolored and dry leaves.
Before cooking, wash the spinach leaves in cold running water . This vegetable is good to include into soup, stir-fry, or stew.
(Bishop Dr Chinomso Jude Nwala )