Oha leaves are medicinal in the following respects
- Oha leaves contain minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. It leaves are rich in fibre, amino acids like glutamic acid, lysine and cysteine while they have a low sodium content. They contain vitamins A, C and some B vitamins
- Some of the bioactive compounds which are responsible for the therapeutic actions of it leaves are alkaloids, tannic acid, polyphenols, oxalates and tannic acid.
- Traditionally, the leaves are used to treat malaria and digestive issues. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
- It leaves can be one of the vegetables included in a healthy diet because they are green leafy vegetables which promote wellness and good health. Vegetables also help to maintain pH of the body to be alkaline. It leaves are also quite delicious and easy to add to soups and other vegetables in cooking. It leaves are one of those African vegetables which are under-utilized despite their numerous benefits
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