Health Benefits of Ewedu soup and why you should be eating Ewedu leaf.
Ewedu soup is a popular native Yoruba delicacy cooked with Jute leaf. It’s a slimy delicious soup that goes well with Amala and Stew garnished with either beef, chicken, fish, and kpomo.
Jute leaf usually called Ewedu leave in Yoruba is also eaten by other ethnic groups in Nigeria. In other words, Ewedu is called Rama or Ayoyo in Hausa commonly used in making Tuwon Zaafi da Miyan Ayoyo; Achingbara or Ahihara in Igbo Language and Jute mallow in English language.
However, Jute leaf is an edible green leafy vegetable botanically known as Corchorus Olitorius. It’s largely cultivated as vegetable fiber next cotton. Ewedu seeds are used for flavoring, while the dried leaf is used to make herbal tea.
Similarly, Ewedu leaf soup aid fertility, and can be taken raw in smoothie mix with other fruits. Ewedu is highly recommended for pregnant women, while as some drinks raw Ewedu for healthy living.
Basically, Ewedu soup is a perfect weight loss food as a result of its low calorie content as it helps fights off stress and heart disease; and also strengthens the immune system.
Amazing Health Benefits of Ewedu Soup
Stabilize blood pressure
Intake of omega 3 content in the diet has an effect on blood pressure; Body disorders such as dizziness can sometimes be caused by very high blood pressure or very low blood pressure. The omega 3 content in Ewedu soup helps to stabilize blood pressure. So, high blood pressure can be prevented.
Helps to lose weight
The lignans in Saluyot leaf Ewedu and omega 3 fatty acids work to reduce appetite, its fiber and fat keeps you full after eating. Ewedu soup is very important meal for those who want to lose weight. Apart from this, it also contains many other substances like Vitamin B, Magnesium and Zinc which play a role in maintaining weight.
Nalta Jute is very good for keeping the skin youthful as it contains many important vitamins as antioxidants. Ewedu soup keeps the skin moisturized. It prevents water loss through the skin; thereby reducing the wrinkles that are a major cause of aging.
Strengthen bones and teeth
The calcium in Ewedu promotes healthy teeth and bones, while the phosphorus is also useful in maintaining bone density. Therefore, the risk of osteoporosis can be avoided. So, eating Ewedu leaf regularly is good for bone and tooth health.
Vitamin E content in Ewedu soup helps to reduce pain in the groin, body aches, and any other aches or pains. It also increases stamina.
Health benefits of Ewedu leaf for pregnant women
Ewedu leaves is being used among pregnant women especially those women who have prolonged labor before delivery. At this point fresh saluyot leaves is quickly squeezed as the juice is extracted for then to drink. The latest discovery is that Jute leaf aids milk secretion among breastfeeding mothers.
Health benefits of Ewedu leaf on Fertility
Ewedu leaf is among herbs giving to couples battling with infertility as they try to come out of it. According to Dr Solomon Abutoh a naturopath who said infertility are treatable to couples not to worry over it.
He said couples should increase their intake of vegetables such as, Ewedu leaf, water leaf, Ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves); tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, Brussels sprout helps to correct infertility.
Improves brain function
Omega 3 help in maintaining brain health, aiding nerve impulses and treating nerve tingling. Therefore, Ewedu soup is strongly recommended for growing children to improve their brain power. Amala and Ewedu soup is among solid foods introduce to babies when they are old enough to start eating solid foods.
Ewedu Soup helps Lower cholesterol levels
The omega 3 content in Ewadu soup can greatly lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. The content of omega 3 fatty acids can also be used as an anti-inflammatory in the body for arthritis.
More health benefits of eating Ewedu Soup/Jute Leaf:
- Helps in hormone stabilization in women
- Improve eyes vision
- Maintain the nails clean
- Lower the risk of cataracts.
- Helps Cure Ebola virus
- Cure Asthma
- Improve the immune of body
- Help to resolve hair problem.
- Aids good bowel movement
Nutritional Facts of Ewedu Soup – Jute Leaf
One cup cooked Ewedu leaves contains about
- Dietary fiber: 1.2 g
- Calories: 41.2 k cal
- Carbohydrates: 2.6 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
- Fat: 2 g
- Vitamins: C,E, A, Riboflavin, Thiamin.
- Minerals: Iron, Calcium
Uses of Jute Leaf –Ewedu Leaf
In other parts of the world Ewedu is added as spice to curries and served with rice dish.
In countries like Japan dried Ewedu leaves are brew as herbal tea as they drink it’s for various health benefits.
Precisely in Nigeria fresh Ewedu leaves are mostly used to make soups or smoothies.
Based on their mucilaginous texture, just like Okor Gombo they sometimes act as a thickener in soups; as the leaves tend to get gluey or sticky.
Ewedu leaves can also be used to make face masks under Health & Beauty products; it is added to beauty products as creams and serums.
Ewedu leaves extracts are used for food supplements.
The stem/stalk of the Cochorous plants jute leaf is also used in manufacturing ropes and jute sacks.
How to Make Ewedu Soup
- 1 bunch Ewedu leaves (Jute leaf)
- ½ teaspoon potash
- Pinch of salt
- Seasoning cube
- First and foremost, pick the ewedu leaves properly, and wash thoroughly to remove sand or dirt.
- Secondly, transfer into a pot, add about 1 ½ cups of water, add potash to help soften and boil the ewedu leaves for like 5-8 minutes don’t overcook.
- Thirdly, use the cooking broom to mash, It like pounding the leaves continuously right inside the pot; as the leaves break into tiny bits after mashing it.
- The next alternative, if there is no ewedu broom, simply transfer into a blender and use the steady pulse method a couple of times; Although it’s easier and also good.
- Finally, return it back to the pot, then add the pinch of salt and seasoning cubes; Allow to simmer for five minutes.
Delicious Ewedu soup is ready serve with choice swallow and stew with meat.