There are two types of corchorus known as jute leaves. They’re corchorus olitorius and corchorus austuans. Jute leaves belong in the family malvaceae. Jute leaf is a herbaceous plant with few branches. The plant can grow to a height of 1.5 m. The stem is brownish-red and the leaves are serrated, ovate in shape and can be 6 to 19 cm in lenght. Jute leaf is an important vegetable in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, China, Cote d’ Ivorie, Benin, Ghana, Japan, Sudan, Cameron, Bangladesh, Middle East, India, Brazil, and the Caribbean. The leaves are widely eaten as vegetable. They are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, dietary fiber, beta carotene, protein, fat, carbohydrates, ash, vitamin A, B6, C, K, E, thiamine, folate, riboflavin, niacin, ascorbic acid. Jute leaf is known as Ewedu in Yoruba; Rama in Hausa; Achingbara in Igbo.
Jute Leaves Health Benefits
(1) Strong Bones and Teeth:
Jute leaves contains high amount of calcium that make your bones and teeth strong. It is rich in phosphorus that maintain bone density, hence prevent osteoporosis.
(2) Anti-aging Properties:
Jute leaves are packed with vitamins A, C, and E as well as essential fatty acids that help in the production of collagen which helps your skin to be firm, smooth, and radiant.
(3) Brain Function:
Consumption of jute leaves is strongly recommended for growing children because it improve their brain functions. It contains omega-3 that enhances brain health, help nerve impulse and treat nerve tingling.
(4) Blood Clotting:
Jute leaves are rich in vitamin K that help in blood clotting.
(5) Immune Booster:
It boost the immune system and nourish our body. It is rich in vitamin C that help in fast wound healing.
(6) Regulate Blood Pressure:
Omega-3 fatty acids in jute leaves help in the prevention and stabilization of blood pressure. Dizziness that can be sometimes be cause by either high blood pressure or low blood pressure can be prevented and avoided through the regular consumption of jute leaves.
(7) Eye Health:
Regular consumption of jute leaves help in the improvement of eye sight. It is rich in beta carotene that help to slow the start of age related macular degeneration.
(8) Anti-inflammatory Properties:
(9) Reduces Blood Cholesterol:
Omega-3 fatty acids in jute leaves may help in the lowering of blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart ❤️ disease.
(10) Weight Loss:
Jute leaves are packed with vitamin B, magnesium and zinc that help in the maintenance of normal body weight. They contain omega-3 fatty acids and lignans that curbs appetite as well as fiber and fat make you full all day which is important for people who want to shed their weight.
(11) Manage Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Syndrome:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are symptoms or disturbance experience by women leads to emotional changes. Regular consumption of jute leaves help to manage some of the symptoms.
(12) Prevention of Constipation:
Jute leaves are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibres as well as laxative properties that help in the prevention of constipation.
(13) Prevention of Cancers:
Jute leaves is rich in vitamin A, C, and E which prevent tissue damage that can lead to cancer. It is rich in antioxidants and legnin which protect the body against the growth of cancer cells. It may prevent prostrate cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer.
However, jute leaves have known to be remedy for pregnant women🤰 experiencing prolonged is made to drink the juice made by squeezing or blending a bunch of jute leaves with the tender stem in water. Jute leaves are folk remedy for aches and pains, stomach ulcer , constipation, worm infestation, control or prevent dysentary, enteritis, fever, pectoral pains and tumors, ascites pain, piles, cystitis, dysuria and gonorrhea.
In addition, it is used in various communities as a traditional medicine for the treatment of malaria, typhoid fever, female infertility, cold. Tea from jute leaves is a remedy for high blood pressure, headaches, gastrointestinal problems and high blood cholesterol.
Moreso, jute leaves are mostly eaten as vegetable. It can be cooked in whole or can be loosely chopped in order to blend them together with other food and ingredients. When cooked alone, it is prepared into sticky soup known as ewedu in South Western Nigeria together with other soup ingredients such as dried fish 🐟 , shrimp🦐, meat, et cetra. The leaves tend to get gluey or sticky like okra which is another popular vegetable thickener.
JUTE LEAVES CAN BE THOROUGHLY WASH AND MAKE INTO SMOOTHIES AND DRINK RAW!
Jute leaves have no known side effects. They’re better avoided when you’re on a course of antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin so as to not to reduce their effectiveness. It delay the absorption of medicine into blood stream by at least 30 minutes that can lead to treatment failure and resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Due to this, it is recommended that ciprofloxacin to be administered on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after the consumption of jute leaves.
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of medical professional is urgently needed.