(unranked): Core eudicots
Species: T. fruticosum
(L. ) Juss.
Talinum fruticosum is an herbaceous, perennial plant that is native to, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and much of South America . Common names include Ceylon spinach,waterleaf, cariru, Surinam purslane, Philippine spinach, Florida spinach, potherb fameflower, Lagos bologi, and sweetheart, Gbure. It is widely grown in tropical regions as a leaf vegetable.The plant grows erect, reaching a height of 30 to 100 cm (12 to 39 in). It bears small, pink flowers and broad, fleshy leaves
Waterleaf (Talinum triangulare) is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some regard it as a nuisance,a stubborn weed that grows all year. It flourishes more during the rainy season.
As a vegetable, T. fruticosum is rich in vitamins, including vitamins A and C, and minerals such as iron and calcium .Because it is high in oxalic acid, consumption should be avoided or limited by those suffering fromkidney disorders, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis . It is cultivated in West Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the warmer parts of North and South America . Along with Celosia species, T. fruticosum is one of the most import leaf vegetables of Nigeria .
- HEALTH BENEFITS
1. Prevention of heart diseases and stroke
Eating water leaf on a regular basis has the ability to prevent you from having stroke and other heart related problems. This vegetable would keep you healthy and fit as long as you take it regularly.This way it will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and will this also includes the lowering of blood pressure.
2. It enhances cognitive ability.
Research has shown that water leaf has some positive effects on the neurons in the cerebrum and may improve one’s memory, perception and retaining abilities. It helps the body to keep fit and the mind to be sharp. It’s obviously good for students
3. PHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE
Water leaf has a range of biological and pharmacological uses. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial functions. Water leaf could also be mixed with alligator pepper and avocado in the treatment of hypertension.
4. The perfect remedy for weight loss
Water leaf could be taken regularly while on a diet plan which is aimed at weight loss. This is because the vegetable is low on calories and has high fiber content.
This would be filling to the body and at the same time would not make you accumulate fat. It is a vegetable that will keep you healthy and fresh while you are trying to shed weight.
5. Treatment of diabetes
Consuming water leaf also helps diabetic patients as it regulates blood sugar levels in the body. Most of the staple foods consumed have glucose as their end product. Eating this vegetable helps you stick to a balanced diet and helps you to be fresh while you are conscious about your health
6. As a laxative
At time,when the body system feels weird and may come up with issues that involve constipation. Water leaf can be eaten to treat this irregularity in the body system. It is used as a mild laxative which could restore the body to its normal form.
Water leaf also has antioxidant properties which makes it useful in the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases
That will be all on the health benefits of water leaf..
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