Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a starchy edible tuber similar to cocoyam. The leaves are wide and greenish. It can be found growing in a variety of locations around the world. The roots, tubers, and leaves are generally consumed. The leaves are known as kontomire in our area. Both the cocoyam roots and the cocoyam leaves (kontomire) have a wide range of health benefits.
Cocoyam Leaves' Health Benefits
Let's take a look at some of kontomire's most impressive features.
1. Strengthen the immune system;Vitamin A is found in roughly 145mg per cup of cocoyam leaves. That's around 86 percent of what our bodies need on a daily basis. This will significantly improve your immune system.
2. Cancer prevention;Vitamin C is abundant in cocoyam leaves. Vitamin C has anti-oxidant properties. This helps to fight cancer-causing free radicals. As a result, it aids in the prevention of a variety of ailments.
3. Optimal vision;Cocoyam leaves are high in both vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A levels can reach up to 123 percent of our daily requirements. Maintaining eye health and visual acuity is extremely beneficial to the eyes. They also help to avoid eye problems like myopia, cataracts, and blindness.
4. Assist digestion and avoid digestive issues;Cocoyam leaves have a high dietary fibre content, which aids in food digestion and absorption. Indigestion, constipation, and diarrhoea can all be avoided by eating cocoyam leaves.
5. Lowering cholesterol levels;Cocoyam leaves are cholesterol-free and contain barely 1% total fat. So, what is the best cholesterol-lowering diet? Cocoyam leaves include dietary fiber and methionine, which can help lower cholesterol levels. They bind to fat and cholesterol, particularly triglycerides, and break them down.
6. Assist with weight loss;Cocoyam leaves are high in protein and low in fat. As a result, it is the ideal diet for losing fat and gaining muscle mass.
7. Lower the level of inflammation;When a region of your body gets hot, swollen, and/or reddish as a result of an injury or infection, this is called inflammation. It is frequently excruciating.Omega 3 is found in cocoyam leaves. This contributes to the inflammatory response. It can also stop inflammatory chemicals from being released. It can aid in the treatment of ailments such as arthritis, gastritis, and lupus.
8. Keep the nervous system safe;Are you experiencing tingling, numbness, or pain in one of your limbs? To alleviate those symptoms, eat cocoyam leaves. The vitamin B complex in cocoyam leaves, which includes thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, protects the nervous system. They also help to strengthen the immune system.
9. Keep your blood pressure in check;Omega 3 is a fatty acid that is required for life. It aids in the production of hormones that regulate the contraction and relaxation of artery walls. Blood pressure can be kept at a normal level if this system is working properly.
10. Bone health;Calcium is also found in cocoyam leaves. Calcium is essential for the development and maintenance of strong bones. It helps to build the bones and teeth by combining with phosphorus.
11. Development of the fetal brain and nervous system;The leaves contain folate in addition to being high in nutrients. Folate is necessary for the brain and nerve system development of your fetus. When you're pregnant, it's therefore a good idea to eat cocoyam leaves. However, make sure they're well cooked before eating.
12. Preventing anemia;The consumption of cocoyam leaves is indicated for the prevention of anemia. This is because they contain iron elements, which aid in the development of red blood cells. Additionally, the vitamin C concentration aids with iron absorption.
13. Bone and tooth development in the fetus;Manganese in cocoyam leaves also aids in the production of fetal cartilage, bone, and teeth during pregnancy.
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