WATER LEAF AND HOW IT CAN CURE VARIOUS DISEASES:
Water leaf can be eaten to treat this irregularity in the body system. It is used as a mild laxative which could restore the body to its normal form. Water leaf also has antioxidant properties which makes it useful in the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases.
Waterleaf (Talinum triangulare) is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some regard it as a nuisance, a stubborn weed that grows all year. It flourishes more during the rainy season.
Like grasses in the fields, we match, piss on them and uproot them from our gardens in preference to other plants which we consider more important. But the more we weed them out, the more they grow again, as if in defiance.
If you care for your health, not satisfied with just being alive, but being well, then you should read this article carefully.
Waterleaf is an edible leafy vegetable that belongs to the Portulacea family. It was originally from West Africa before spreading to other parts of the world, such as Asia and South America. Waterleaf is a herbaceous perennial plant that has its stem above ground. The seed sprouts as a tiny, aqua-coloured plant before growing into a more conspicuous plant with larger leaves.
As the name suggests, this green leafy vegetable is referred to as waterleaf due to its high moisture contents of approximately 90.8gm per 100 gm of the leaf. The leaf is sticky when cut and this is attributed to its high pectin content that supplies the dietary fibre.
I make bold to say that waterleaf is one of the most valuable healing herbs in nature’s pharmacy. As is usually the case, the best and most valuable things are available, accessible and cheap. Name them: air, sunshine, sleep and good vegetation. Because they are cheap and available, we tend to take them for granted. As I have said on many occasions, if only to drive home the point, money is not the most important factor in preventive healthcare. Most people think that rich people are healthy because they are rich. Money may help you to get better treatment when you fall sick, but it won’t prevent you from falling sick.
To prevent falling sick, you need knowledge: knowledge of what to eat and not to eat; knowledge of the right combination of food and fruits. And the best food and fruits are easily grown and available. The harmful food is more expensive and more difficult to find. What I mean by having the right knowledge of what to eat is that even though fruits are good, not all fruits are good for everybody. Even though herbs are good, not all herbs are good for everybody. You must find out the right food and fruits for yourself.
Today i will be revealing to you a very huge secret that you may never come by easily about water leaf.
This plant which so many of us may not attach so much importance to, many of us when we see it around us we tend to clear it off as we consider it a weed but after this post we will learn to value and attach the required importance to it.
Water leaf tends to do well almost all year round but specifically during the raining season.
Lets consider its nutritive value:
Water leaf has been found to be a very rich source of protein as it is observed to even contain more protein value than cashew nuts, its also very reach in fibre content example of which is pectin and this plant is said to have more of pectin than can be seen in apple. It is also a rich source of omega3-fatty acids, resins, lead, manganese, zinc, vitamin B, A and C, essential amino acids, iron, calcium and copper, carotenoids, alpha and beta tocopherols.
Wow!!.. So much value
Infact i do tell people that taking a cup of water leaf juice a day keeps the doctor away
So how can we harvest these nutrient for our benefit:
First gather a hand full of this leaf then yourinse thoroughly in water to make it hygienic for consumption.
Next you have to extract the juice and this can be done by either blending or you can use you mortar to pound and then seive out the juice.
And we are good to go. You take a cup or two daily before meal in the morning and before going to bed at night.
It can also be used in preparing vegetable soup in some part of Nigeria and also it can be added to melon soup (egusi)
What are the benefits:
This plant has been found to have anti inflammatory properties hence very good for people with ulcer.
It also improves blood circulation hence a good remedy for people suffering from high blood pressure.
It has a soothing effect against stress. After a stressful day when consumed it helps calm your nerve and improve blood supply to the brain.
Its also a good source of nutrient for pregnant women as it helps in the development of the growing baby.
Its a very good immunity booster. If you are regular in consumption of this plant you can hardly fall ill because it increases the body immune system far more than any other food supplement.
The benefits are just so many but these are a few. So i'll encourage you from today always endeavour to infuse this plant into your daily meal. Amd i trust from now you'll no longer consider it as a weed.
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