Ewedu leaf or Jute as it is mostly called in English Language has a botanical name known as Corchorus Olitorius. Down here in Nigeria, Jute leaf is called ewedu in Yoruba language, the Igbo people call it Achingbara, and the Hausas call it Rama.
Ewedu leaf is a green leafy edible vegetable that is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It also contains iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, proteins, fibers, Vitamins A, C and E, riboflavin, niacin and folate. These are nutrients that help the body to fight diseases and maintain good health.
Research has shown that Ewedu leaf has different varieties that possess vitamins and antioxidant that are of immeasurable nutritional to our body system. These vitamins are fundamental in protecting the body from degenerative diseases such as Cancer.
Nutritional value of Ewedu
Below are some of the nutrients that we can get from eating ewedu:
Nutritional Value and Health benefits of eating Ewedu leaf
From the scientific research conducted, below are therefore the nutritional value and health benefits of eating ewedu leaf.
- For the beautification of the skin
Ewedu leaves contain vitamins that increase the production of collagen in the body. This makes the skin more firm and beautiful. Essential fatty acids in ewedu can keep skin moist. It will prevent the loss of water through the skin, thus reducing the wrinkles that are the main cause of aging. Of course, we want to look younger than we should be, so eating ewedu is one of the alternative solutions.
- Strengthen bones and teeth
In ewedu there is calcium for healthy teeth and bones. In addition, there is also useful phosphorus to maintain bone density. Thus, bone can avoid the danger of osteoporosis. So, consuming a good amount of ewedu will help strengthen bones and teeth.
- It is used for treatment and to reduce pain
Vitamin E in ewedu can work to reduce pain, such as injuries, body aches, and other aches. It can also increase stamina. Due to the vitamins and minerals present in ewedu leaves, they have also been said to be used in the home setting in the management of stomach related conditions such as dysentery, constipation and the likes. They are also used to relief pains and possess some anti-tumor properties activities.
It is also used as herbal medicine to control or prevent dysentery, worm infestation and constipation
- Preventing acne
Acne is usually caused by bacterial build-up, dirt, and can also be due to oily skin. Therefore, eating of ewedu can help prevent such acne. The body usually produces a substance that serves to prevent the occurrence of acne and clogged pores. Some studies have also shown that sunburned skin can heal faster by consuming ewedu.
- Stabilize blood pressure
Ewedu is rich in fiber, therefore regular intake of the leaves help to control blood pressure, cholesterol build-up, diabetes, lowers the risk of asthma, cancer, and also prevents heart disease. Omega 3 content in ewedu has usefulness in reducing blood pressure when consumed. Disorder of the body such as dizziness can sometimes be caused by too high blood pressure or too low blood pressure. Omega 3 content will help blood pressure to be stable. That way, hypertension can be prevented and avoided.
6. Lower cholesterol levels
Omega 3 content in ewedu also has other functions such as reduction of cholesterol in the body. According to the research conducted, omega 3 content in ewedu can be used to lower cholesterol level in the blood and reduce the risk of heart disease. The content of omega 3 fatty acids can also be used as an anti inflammation in the body for gout disease.
- Helps Lose Weight
The ewedu leaf is an adequate source of fibre, thus making it very helpful in dealing with weight management and it has also been proven to promote good intestinal health by helping with bowel movement. In addition, there are also various other contents such as vitamin B, magnesium, and zinc that have a role in maintaining weight. So, ewedu is perfect for a diet program.
- It can prevent skin cancer
In ewedu there are antioxidant compounds that work to prevent the adverse effects of free radicals, especially on the skin. The antioxidant trio of Vitamins A, C and E which fend off free radicals thereby protecting the body from degenerative diseases are also essential in battling skin cancer. The ACE vitamins also happen to be the most beautifying vitamins, increasing collagen production to keep the skin firm and young-looking. It can also help to replenish the skin from damage caused by ultra-violet rays.
9. Prevent prostate problems
In the ewedu content, there are essential fatty acids that are useful in reducing prostate problems and helping to prevent men from the dangers of infertility. Fatty acids in ewedu are also essential in preventing the danger of gallstone disease and diseases related to the intestines. It can help the body remove harmful toxins that can attack the colon. In addition, its fatty acid content is also rich in fiber that can overcome constipation as earlier mentioned.
- Reduce interference in women when menstrual period
Menstrual periods in women is also known as PMS (premenstrual syndrome). PMS therefore, is a symptom of a disturbance experienced by a woman that results in an emotional change. Ewedu has been proven as a powerful drug in overcoming the problems that occur from STD disorder and keep the menstrual cycle regularly. In fact, women who have problems experiencing a free flow menopause are recommended to take more of ewedu regularly. It is said to be true because ewedu can increase estrogen substances in the body that will helps to reduce hot flashes and other vaginal disorders.
- For hair growth
Ewedu is also beneficial for hair growth, this is true because of omega 3 found in it. It can also prevent hair from hair loss and baldness, and make hair stay healthy and strong. In addition, ewedu also can overcome dandruff and prevent itching of the hair just because of the anti-inflammatory properties found in ewedu.
- Serves as a cure for Asthma
Respiratory distress in the form of asthma can also be treated by taking ewedu regularly. It is able to overcome the problem of asthma because it has contents that are suitable for the relief of asthma. In addition, aromatherapy from ewedu is also suitable for treating asthma. In addition to asthma, the content of anti-inflammatory substances in ewedu can work to heal the inflammation of the lungs.
- Overcome digestive problems
Ewedu contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. The fiber contained in it can accelerate the rate of food through the intestine. Defecation becomes smooth and will not cause constipation. Fatty acids and omega-3s also protect the lining of the digestive tract.
- It helps pregnant women
The leaf has been known to be a remedy for pregnant women experiencing prolonged labour. When a pregnant woman is experiencing prolonged labour, a bunch of ewedu leaves squeezed with the stem can be given to her to drink. It has also been discovered to aid milk secretion in lactating mothers.