Cocoyam is a starchy edible tuber. It bears broad greenish leaves. It grows in several places around the world. We usually consume the root tubers or its leaves. Both cocoyam roots and the cocoyam leaves (Kontomire) have many health benefits for the body.
Health benefits of cocoyam leaves
Now let us look at some of the remarkable benefits of Kontomire.
1. Boost iimmune system.
One cup of cocoyam leaves contains about 145mg of vitamin. That is about 86% of our body's daily requirement. This will help boost your immune system effectively.
2. Prevention of cancer
Cocoyam leaves are rich in Vitamin C acts as on antioxidants. This fghts against free radicals that cause cancer. So it helps to prevent many diseases.
3. Healthy eyes
Cocoyam leaves are rich in Vitamin A in addition to Vitamin C. The amount of Vitamin A can be as high as 123% of our daily requirement. It is very good for the eyes to stay healthy and maintain visual acuity. Also, they prevent the eye diseases such as myopia, cataract and blindness.
4. Help in weight loss
Cocoyam leaves are low in fat and high in protein. It is, therefore, the best diet to reduce your fat and get your muscle mass.
5. Cholesterol level reduction
Cocoyam leaves have no cholesterol and only 1% of total fat. So, is the best diet for reducing cholesterol. The dietary fibre and methionine the cocoyam leaves contains can reduce the cholesterol effectively.
They bind and breakdown fat and cholesterol especially triglyceride.
6. Control the blood pressure
Omega 3 is on essential fatty acid. It helps produce hormones to control the contraction and relaxation of arteries wall. If this mechanism is going well, the blood pressure can be kept at a normal level.
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