Cocoyam scientifically known as Colocasia esculenta is a tuber crop that produces broad greenish leaves. Though widely cultivated for its underground tubers, the fresh green leaves locally known as 'kontomire' are also widely consumed.
For most people, the consumption of the cocoyam leaves is mainly as a source of blood, but recent studies have proven that the leaves do just more than that.
Below are 15 reasons why you should always make cocoyam leaves an essential part of your meals.
Boost immune system
Cocoyam leaves contain high amounts of vitamin C. It is proven that the leaves contain about 145mg of Vitamin C. The vitamin C helps to boost the body's immune system
Improves Eye Health
Apart from the high amount of vitamin C, cocoyam leaves are also rich sources of Vitamin A. The high vitamin A help to keep your eyes healthy and also prevent the eyes diseases such as myopia, cataract and blindness.
Prevention of cancer
The rich vitamin C in cocoyam leaves acts as rich antioxidants which help to fight against free radicals that cause cancer.
Cocoyam leaves contain high dietary fibre which helps in food digestion and absorption. This helps to prevent incidents of constipation.
Aids in Fetal bone, teeth development and prevention of preeclampsia during pregnancy
Cocoyam leaves are particularly of immense benefit to pregnant women as it iads fetal bone, teeth development and helps to prevent preeclampsia during pregnancy due to the rich manganese and magnesium content. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys during pregnancy.
Reduce cholesterol level
If you are concerned with your cholesterol level, then cocoyam leaves become an excellent alternative. It has no cholesterol with 1% of total fat. Again, the dietary fibre and methionine contained in cocoyam leaves can reduce cholesterol effectively.
Cocoyam leaves are also rich in Omega 3 which plays an essential role in the inflammation process and can prevent the release of inflammatory substances.
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.
Protect the nervous system
Another important component of cocoyam leaves is the The vitamin B complex including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6. They help to protect the nervous system.
Control the blood pressure
The kontomire is also rich in Omega 3, fatty acid, which helps produce hormones to control the contraction and relaxation of artery walls. This is beneficial in controlling blood pressure.
Development of Healthy bone
The rich calcium contained in kontomire helps in the formation and maintenance of healthy bones.
Cocoyam leaves are rich in iron which helps in red blood cell formation. The vitamin C content also helps to absorb the iron properly.
Promote Skin Health
The high amino acid called threonine in the kontomire helps in the formation of elastin and collagen which are good for the healthy skin. They prevent the skin from wrinkle and rejuvenate skin.
Quick treatment for diarrhoea
The zinc in cocoyam leaves protects intestinal mucosa. When you get diarrhoea, the intestine wall loses its mucosa. Zinc helps to release the mucosa quickly to immediately stop the diarrhoea.
Source of energy source
Cocoyam leaves present one of the best energy sources for the body through its essential amino acid called isoleucine
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