12 Health Benefits Of Bitter Leaf

Bitter leaf as the name implies is a bitter leafy green or sometimes
gray vegetable known in Nigeria as onugbu by the Igbos, ewuro by the
Yorubas and chusa-doki shawaka by the Hausas. Scientifically, it is
called vernonia amygdalina and sometimes referred to as ironweed.Bitter leaf offers many health benefits including but not limited to
blood sugar regulation, helping with repair of the pancreas and may also
help reduce the risk of breast cancer amongst other things. Nigeria is
blessed to have bitter leaf growing any and everywhere. It is among the
cheapest vegetables or herbs you can buy. As such, there is absolutely
no reason not to incorporate it into your diet. Here is a quick run-down
of thirteen major health benefits of adding bitter leaf to your die
1. May reduce the risk of breast cancer
2. Can reduce cholesterol which in turn helps reduce the risk factors associated with Stroke, Heart Attack and Alzheimer’s
3. Contains Antioxidants in abundance which helps to check oxidation thereby increasing the body’s disease fighting properties.
4. It aids digestion
5. Helps in maintaining the liver and kidney
6. It helps to cleanse the body.
7. It increases metabolism which, along with other factors, helps in maintaining a healthy weight
8. Bitter leaf is a great source of essential fatty acids such as
poly unsaturated fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic acid which helps
protect against cardiovascular diseases.
9. It may help to eradicate pain.
10. It helps regulate the blood sugar thereby helping to reduce the risk of Type II diabetes.
11. It is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
12. May help relieve fevers.

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