If you do just as little as glance through the documented therapeutic uses of Waterleaf, you will appreciate the importance of this vegetable for the present time we are in.
Africa is indeed full of medicinal and aromatic plants. Nigeria as the giant of Africa has a GIANT share of these plant species.
Waterleaf is a plant of the Purslane family known as the Portulacaceae. Waterleaf is botanically called Talinum triangulare. It is an important vegetable, an excellent vegetable with antioxidant property mostly utilized in southern Nigeria where it is used in the preparation of delicious soups such as ‘Edikaiko’ and :Afang ‘ soup.
Purslane family plants are characteristically annual herbs with 2 sepals, they are succulent and they usually withstand intense sunlight and drought conditions .
Waterleaf has been found very helpful in the following ways;
Waterleaf prevents anaemia as well as boosts the blood level tremendously. It is useful in the treatment of bilirubin in the blood.
Researchers have shown that waterleaf supports nerve cells (neurons) of the cerebrum and enhances the cerebral functioning.
LOADED WITH NUTRIENTS
Waterleaf contains nutrients such as vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium and beta carotene to list just a few.
WEIGHT REDUCING PROPERTY
Waterleaf promotes weight loss, it is rich in fiber that provides bulk and Waterleaf is also low in calories.
Various scientific reports support and give credence to the high antioxidant property of Waterleaf plants. Waterleaf helps the cells of the body cope with oxidative stress and combat various forms of free radicals .
CONSTIPATION AND INDIGESTION
Are you having issues with indigestion and constipation?. Waterleaf eases indigestion, it is rich in soluble fibres and is excellent for constipation and its associated problems.
Waterleaf regulates the Cholesterol evel, the large quantity of dietary fibre in waterleaf works towards reducing the absorption of cholesterol from your intestines thereby protecting the body from the effects of bad cholesterol.
TONES THE HEART, PREVENTS STROKE
One of the health benefits of consuming Waterleaf is in its application in the management of cardiovascular diseases. It is an important food article for the prevention of stroke and other cardiovascular health conditions.