The saluyot leaf popularly called ewedu in Nigeria by Yoruba and rama in Hausa has long been used as food staple since ancient times by the Jewish people and the Egyptians. It has been grown since 6000 B.C. and accordingly was eaten by Cleopatra for its health and beauty benefits.
saluyot or jute plant can be found easily, there are a lot of local viands and/or dishes that use it as an ingredient. For instance, the Ilocanos use saluyot in their preparation of dinengdeng and bulangbulang. Fried saluyot are also mixed with sautéed bamboo shoots and dried beans. Other dishes include, but are not limited to chicken viands, wherein saluyot are mixed in either sautéed or pureed form. It is also integrated in mongo dishes, and in soups.
you will be happy to start eating saluyot leaf” ewedu” after reading the nutritional benefit and how it will enriched your body.
Here are some of its Health benefits:
For pregnant women:
This jute leaf is widely used as a remedy for pregnant women experiencing prolonged labour. When a pregnant woman is experiencing such condition, a bunch of saluyot leaves can be squeezed to extract the juice so to be given as a drink. It has also been discovered to aid milk secretion for lactating mothers.
As vegetable and medicine
beta-carotene which is best for promoting good eyesight
iron for healthy red blood cells
calcium for strong bones and teeth, and
vitamin C for smooth, clear skin, strong immune cells, and fast wound-healing.
The Vitamins A, C and E present in Saluyot “sponge up” free radicals, scooping them up before they can commit cellular sabotage.
As a vegetable, it contains an abundance of antioxidants that have been associated with protection from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension and other medical conditions. Ayurvedics (ancient Hindu system of healing) use the leaves for ascites, pain, piles, and tumours
The leaves are used for cystitis, dysuria, fever, and gonorrhoea. The cold infusion is said to restore the appetite and strength.
Fights off Colds and Flu
Jute plant consists of Vitamin C which is extremely beneficial for immune system and plays an important role in the body’s ability to fight off colds and viruses. You can take 1000 mg of Vitamin C to fight off an oncoming cold and 4000 mg per day to get rid of a cold which is previously in your system.
Vitamin C when taken during colds and flu can help to decrease the risk of developing further complications, like pneumonia and lung infections.
Several research studies have shown that copper help to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and help to increase beneficial cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). Jute plant consists of 0.222 mg of copper which is 24.67% of the daily recommended value. This helps to lowers the chances of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
Vitamin B9 present in Jute is considered to be an essential component for reducing the occurrence of cancer in the human body. It helps eliminate the likelihoods of cancer in various forms, including colon cancer, cervical cancer and lung cancer. Thus, it is recommended by doctors to include this vitamin in sufficient amounts in your daily diet plan. Jute plant consists of 90 µg of vitamin B9 which is 22.50% of the daily recommended value.
Maintains Healthy Teeth and Gums
Calcium helps to protect your teeth by keeping the jaw bone strong and robust throughout your life, which in turn ensures tight fitting teeth where bacteria cannot grow well. Therefore, before your teeth and gums start giving you any trouble, be sure to maintain a calcium rich diet. Sufficient amount of calcium can be obtained by the regular consumption of Jute plant which consists of 184 mg of calcium which is 18.40% of the daily recommended value. Calcium intake should be high, particularly at young ages, so that kids naturally grow up with strong teeth.
People who are suffering from chronic asthma may be able to normalize their breathing with the help of magnesium supplements which aid in relaxing the bronchial muscles and regulating breathing. Jute plant consists of sufficient amount of magnesium that is required for the body. Therefore frequent consumption is recommended to normalize the asthma problems. Even wheezing and breathlessness can be relieved through administration of intravenous magnesium.
Protects Healthy Hair and Skin
Vitamin B2 also known as riboflavin plays an important role in maintaining collagen levels, which helps to makes up healthy skin and hair. Collagen is required to maintain the youthful structure of skin and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, thus a riboflavin deficiency can make us look aged earlier. Some research recommends that riboflavin can decrease the time needed for wound healing, can decrease skin inflammation and cracked lips, and can help naturally slow signs of aging.
For weight loss
The green leaf has been described as a source of weight loss. It contains 97 calories, so for those who are trying to lose some weight, this is a helpful dietary option.