The Health Benefits Of Bitter Leaf

health benefits of bitterleaf

Bitter leaf otherwise known as Vernonia amygdalina Delile (VA), family Compositae is a plant that is consumed locally as food and serves important ethnomedicinal uses and curative purposes. The health benefits of bitterleaf are numerous.

Vitamins in Bitter leaf includes; Vit. A, Vit. C, Vit. E, Vit.B1 and Vit.B2. Young, immature leaves of Bitter Leaf contain relatively high levels of cyanide and some other anti-nutrients. It should be properly cooked, squeeze-washed to remove these anti nutrients.

It is rather advisable to consume only mature leaves. Some of the health benefits of bitterleaf include:

  1. It helps relieve constipation and improve metabolism function.
  2. It protects the body from radical injuries,and protects the liver against oxidation damage.
  3. According to research, bitter leaf extract inhibits abnormal cell growth of cancer or delay its early stage.
  4. Its helps remedy amoebic dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica.
  5. Bitter leaf is effective against bacterial infections and diseases.
  6. It helps to reduce blood sugar.

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