December 2, 2019

Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) one very good vegetable with super benefit to mankind.The botanical name of  Waterleaf is Talinum triangulare, . Waterleaf is an edible leafy vegetable that belongs to the Portulacea family, It is called Efo Gbure in Yoruba; Mgbolodi in Igbo, Ebedondon in Edo, Alenruwa (in Hausa) and in English is nicknamed Philippine spinach, sweetheart, flame flower, Florida spinach,Ceylon spinach,waterleaf, cariru, Surinam purslane, potherb fameflower, Lagos bologi. It bears small, pink flowers and broad, fleshy leaves, It flourishes more during the rainy season. Waterleaf is an annual herbaceous plant. The seed sprouts as a tiny, aqua-coloured plant before growing into a more conspicuous plant with larger leaves.


-Water leaves has high level of vitamin B, essential amino acids, omega3-fatty acids, resins, iron, calcium, copper, lead, manganese and zinc. It is also a rich source of carotenoids, vitamin C, A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, alpha and beta tocopherols.  


-Waterleaf is herbal plant that has many benefits for health, water leaves  are excellent for diarrhea, liver enlargement, and hepatitis. It is an excellent immune booster to those who often feel weak and tired, and those prone to frequent attacks of malaria.


-Eating waterleaf regularly as soup helps to regulate hypertension and diabetes.


-Waterleaf is packed with essential antioxidants and soluble fibres that act as a mild laxative.Waterleaf is good for treating any irregularities in your body and restore your body to normalcy


Waterleaf is rich in Vitamin C, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Pectin, Vitamin A, as well as other essential nutrients and minerals.




Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)  Good for weight loss

Water leaf has high fiber content as well as low in calories which is good for weight loss, since it would be filling to the body and at the same time would not make you accumulate fat because the dietary fibre reduces the absorption of cholesterol from the gut most especially the ones associated with bad cholesterol in the body. Water leaf prevent obesity and excess body weight


Waterleaf(Efo Gbure)  Prevent heart diseases and stroke

Waterleaf can be useful for preventing cardiovascular diseases like stroke, according to Adewunmi et al., (1980). Regular intake of waterleaf can prevent you from having stroke and other related diseases, it keeps you healthy and fit.


Waterleaf(Efo Gbure)  Treatment of diabetes

Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) also helps in  regulating the blood sugar level because it has Talinum triangulare, which is essential for managing diabetes mellitus.The high dietary contents of this vegetable can help to slow down the digestion and conversion of starch to simple sugars, most of the staple foods consumed have glucose as their end product, but waterleaf  regulate the blood sugar which is essential for managing diabetes mellitus


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) Regulate Blood Sugar Level

Consumption of waterleaf regularly helps to regulate blood sugar level, according to  Joshua et al., (2012) report that Talinum triangulare is essential for managing diabetes mellitus. The  high dietary contents of this vegetable help to slow down the digestion and conversion of starch to simple sugars. Eating this vegetable helps you stick to a balanced diet and helps you to be fresh.


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) Can Shrinks Tumors/Cancer Cells:

Scientific studies  shows that waterleaf can prevent cancer due to the high antioxidant present in it as well as shrink tumor growths


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)  Enhances Cognitive Ability

Waterleaf is also known to have good effect on the cognitive ability because of the presence of some certain constituents which helps to improve cerebral blood flow and cognitive functions, it helps one to improve memory, perception and retaining abilities.  due to effective blood flow enjoyed from the consumption of waterleaf it helps the brain to function adequately by supplying with adequate oxygen in order to prevent and improve cerebral hypoperfusion, schizophrenia as well as death of the brain tissues. The presence of iron which is micronutrient found in waterleaf helps in the strengthening of the brain muscles and tissues which helps in the improvement of the human brain.



Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)  As a laxative

Waterleaf contain some antioxidant properties and soluble fibres which is good for the treatment of some chronic inflammatory diseases, waterleaf is mild that can restore the body to its normal helps with the issues of constipation, always ensure you add waterleaf to your diet for good health.


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)   Repairs body tissues

Waterleaf is a good source of vitamin A and C which is good for the body tissue and promote good eye vision. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidants that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses according to healthline, the antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.When free radicals accumulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress, which has been linked to many chronic diseases,Studies show that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%. This helps the body’s natural defenses fight inflammation, also  Night blindness occurs in people with vitamin A deficiency, as the vitamin is a major component of the pigment rhodopsin.


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)   Good for Blood Circulation

Waterleaf  helps improving the blood cells which includes both the white and red blood cells. Study shows that waterleaf is good and safe for pregnant women and growing children, it play a vital role in the production of blood in the human body as it boosts their blood levels and supply them with some  vital nutrient which is needed by the body. Waterleaf has crude protein which is good for the maintaining of the cardiovascular system as well as reducing the risk of heart related diseases and stroke


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure)  Good for Digestion

Waterleaf, the green leafy vegetable is good to reduce constipation and aid in proper digestion of food when consumed with the stem,Its high dietary contents help to slow down the digestion and conversion of starch to simple sugars, and softens the stool to ensure proper bowel passage, it prevent gastrointestinal disorders such as indigestion, constipation, flatulence and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),but when eaten in excess can cause a little stomach discomfort


Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) Promotes Eye Health

Waterleaf is rich in vitamin A and C, which helps the eye health, it contain retinol, which is in vitamin A, Retinol, also known as Vitamin A₁, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent vitamin A deficiency, especially that which results in xerophthalmia according to Wikipedia, waterleaf helps in the improvement of the skeletal tissue and the skin due to the presence of vitamin A



Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) Good for Bones and Teeth

Waterleaf contain calcium which is good for the body. According to Mayoclinic “your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly.Some studies suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health: perhaps protecting against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. But evidence about such health benefits is not definitive. Waterleaf is suitable for those with bone conditions such as osteoporosis, fracture


Nutritional Values of Waterleaf

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