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Health Benefits of Cocoyam Leaves

Cocoyam or Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a starchy edible tuber. It carries broad greenish leaves. It grows in several places around the world. We usually eat the roots tubers or their leaves. The leaves we locally call kontomire. Both the cocoyam roots and the cocoyam leaves (kontomire) have many health benefits for the body.

Now let us look at some of the incredible benefits of kontomire.

1. Stimulate immune system

One (1) cup of cocoyam leaves contains about 145mg of Vitamin. That is about 86% of our body’s daily prerequisite. This will help strengthen your immune system effectively.

2. Prevention of cancer

Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This fights against free radicals that induce cancer. So, it enables to curb many disorders.

3. Healthy eyes

Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin A in extension to vitamin C. The percentage of vitamin A can be as high as 123% of our daily necessities. It is very good for the eyes to stay healthy and retain visual acuity. Also, they curb the eyes diseases such as myopia, cataract and blindness.

4. Help digestion and prevent digestive problems

The high dietary fibre in cocoyam leaves enables food digestion and absorption. Cocoyam leaves can curb digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and diarrhoea.

5. Cholesterol level reduction

Cocoyam leaves have no cholesterol and only 1% of total fat. So, is the best diet for curtailing cholesterol. The dietary fibre and methionine the cocoyam leaves contain can reduce cholesterol effectively. They bind and break down fat and cholesterol especially triglycerides.

6. Help in weight loss

Cocoyam leaves are low in fat and high in protein. It is, therefore, the best diet to lessen your fat and get your muscle mass.

7. Reduce inflammation

The epidemic is when part of your body becomes hot, swollen and/or reddened when there is an injury or infection. It is often painful.

Cocoyam leaves contain Omega 3. This plays a part in the inflammation process. It also can impede the discharge of inflammatory substances. It can help to treat disorders like arthritis, gastritis, or lupus.

8. Protect the nervous system

Are you feeling the symptoms of tingling, numbness, or pain in your limb? You can eat cocoyam leaves to reduce those symptoms. The vitamin B complex including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6 in cocoyam leaves safeguard the nervous system

9 Control the blood pressure

Omega 3 is a crucial fatty acid. It helps generate hormones to control the contraction and relaxation of arteries wall. If this mechanism is going well, the blood anxiety can be kept at a normal level.

10. Healthy bone

Cocoyam leaves also contain calcium. Calcium is good for the arrangement and sustenance of healthy bone. It works with phosphorous to strengthen the bone and teeth.

11. Fetal brain and nervous system development

Besides its rich nutrient content, the leaves also contain folate. Folate is essential for the expansion of your fetal brain and nervous system. It is, therefore, good to consume cocoyam leaves when you are pregnant. However, be sure to cook them well before you consume

12. Anaemia prevention

Cocoyam leaves diet is advised in the prevention of anaemia. This is because they contain iron minerals that support red blood cell formation. The vitamin C content besides helps to assimilate the iron well.

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C. Cocoyam Colocasia Taro kontomire


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