Ewedu is a popular vegetable eaten mostly by the western people of Nigeria. It is called ewedu in Yoruba language. The English name of ewedu is Jute. Ewedu is commonly used in preparing soups that are eaten with amala. It can also be made into a nutritious green smoothie.
Ewedu is a vegetable that you should include into your diet irrespective of where you live. Here are 7 health benefits of ewedu that will make you want to consume it;
1. Aids weight loss
If you are struggling to stay in shape and lose weight, then you should consume ewedu regularly. Ewedu is low in calories and it contains a lot of dietary fiber. The fiber contained in ewedu prevent you from gaining weight by keeping your appetite under control. It also aids healthy bowel movement and it makes stooling easy.
2. Supports growth of healthy skin
Ewedu contains vitamins and minerals that help to maintain young and youthful looking skin. It is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that make the skin look nourished and healthy. eating ewedu helps to retain oils in your skin making it look moisturized. Ewedu also contains antioxidants that have anti-aging properties. It prevents wrinkles and saggy skin that is associated with old age.
3. Good for the eyes
Ewedu contains vitamin A and vitamin B6, both of which are essential for healthy and proper eyesight. Eating ewedu regularly helps to prevent ager elated eye defects like muscular degeneration.
4. Good for pregnant women
Women who consume ewedu regularly during pregnancy are more likely to experience easy and smooth labor compared to pregnant women who didn’t eat ewedu. The juice gotten from ewedu leaves can be taken to remedy prolonged labor. It also makes delivery easy and smooth. Ewedu also boost production of breastmilk after pregnancy.
5. Boosts fertility
Infertility can easily be remedied by consuming ewedu. Infertility is a medical condition that makes it difficult for a person to conceive, fertilize an egg or carry pregnancy for the normal duration of 9 months. Ewedu contains vitamins that helped to boost fertility in both men and women.
6. Promotes healthy brain
It is recommended that children eat ewedu regularly. This is because it contains omega-3 fatty acid which helps to boost brain performance. It keeps the brain healthy and improves nerve impulse.
7. Normalize blood pressure
Ewedu leaves contain omega-3 fatty acid. It helps to lower and stabilize blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension and high blood pressure, you should make ewedu a part of your diet.
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