The previous NITC17 has taught me to start eating more raw foods than cooked food. Mrs. Nwosu, a nurse, and naturopath kept hammering on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables rather processed food all the time and I completely agree.
We need to start looking inwards and discovering the healthy foods around us. One of which is today’s vegetable feature: African Spinach locally known as ‘Soko’.
Here are a few things you should know about this popular vegetable.
Soko is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
The extracts of Soko seeds have aphrodisiac, anticancer, and antibacterial properties which have been useful in treating jaundice, inflammation, gonorrhoea e.t.c
It is also a good source of calcium, iron and zinc.
What are the benefits?
1. It improves digestion.
African spinach is high in fiber and water which helps to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.
2. It lowers blood pressure.
As a result of the high level of calcium present in Soko, eating it regularly can reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Calcium plays an important role in removing excess sodium from the blood and maintaining the health of the blood vessels.
3. It improves bone health.
Again, the heavy presence of calcium in Soko is fantastic for maintaining healthy bones and eating Soko regularly reduces the chances of bone loss, fractures and all related bone diseases.
4. It increases iron levels and reduces iron deficiency.
Soko is a rich source of iron as such when eaten regularly can improve iron levels and reduce all the diseases like hair loss, anaemia, chronic fatigue, e.t.c associated with iron deficiency.
5. It protects against viral infections.
The presence of zinc in Soko protects against viral infections, especially those that cause common colds.
It’s important to learn not to over-cook our vegetables. Overcooking it or leaving for longer than is required destroys all the heat sensitive nutrients present.© Copyright 2016 Ebun Oluwole, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!