Saluyot, jutes or Corchorus olitorius is an edible leafy vegetable that is widely found in the Philippines. This plant is so common, that it is mistaken as weed. Unknown to many however, saluyot has long been used as food staple since ancient times by the Jewish people and the Egyptians. It has been grown since 6000 B.C. and accordingly was eaten by Cleopatra for its health and beauty benefits.
Because saluyot or jute plant is by nature a vegetable, preparation is easy and can be incorporated to various dishes. This allows individuals to benefit from its vitamins and mineral content.
Since saluyot or jute plant can be found easily, there are a lot of local viands and/or dishes that use it as an ingredient. For instance, the Ilocanos use saluyot in their preparation of dinengdeng and bulangbulang. Fried saluyot are also mixed with sautéed bamboo shoots and dried beans. Other dishes include, but are not limited to chicken viands, wherein saluyot are mixed in either sautéed or pureed form. It is also integrated in mongo dishes, and in soups.
Here are some of its benefits:
>For pregnant women
This jute leaf is widely used as a remedy for pregnant women experiencing prolonged labour. When a pregnant woman is experiencing such condition, a bunch of saluyot leaves can be squeezed to extract the juice so to be given as a drink. It has also been discovered to aid milk secretion for lactating mothers.
>For weight loss
The green leaf has been described as a source of weight loss. It contains 97 calories, so for those who are trying to lose some weight, this is a helpful dietary option.
>As vegetable and medicine
Studies have shown that this green, leafy vegetable is also rich in the following nutrients:
- beta-carotene which is best for promoting good eyesight
- iron for healthy red blood cells
- calcium for strong bones and teeth, and
- vitamin C for smooth, clear skin, strong immune cells, and fast wound-healing.
The Vitamins A, C and E present in Saluyot “sponge up” free radicals, scooping them up before they can commit cellular sabotage.
As a vegetable, it contains an abundance of antioxidants that have been associated with protection from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension and other medical conditions. Ayurvedics (ancient Hindu system of healing) use the leaves for ascites, pain, piles, and tumours.
Elsewhere, the leaves are used for cystitis, dysuria, fever, and gonorrhoea. The cold infusion is said to restore the appetite and strength.
>It is also used as herbal medicine to control or prevent dysentery, worm infestation and constipation.
Saluyot leaves are rich in vitamins, carotinoids, calcium, potassium and dietary fibres. Saluyot is acclaimed also for its anti-aging benefits.
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Source: Philippine Herbal Medicine
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