Corchorus olitorius leave popularly called Ewedu leave have a rich source of several nutrients such as zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C, which can improve fertility in both males and females.
Although Jute leaf extract is believed to promote fertility lately I discovered a study that has a contrary opinion on Ewedu leave benefits for men.
How To Use Ewedu For Fertility
Here are detailed preparatory proproceduresnd ways use to Ewedu leaf extract to improve fertility. Just like other vegetables that needed to be cooked before eating them, Jute leaves is not an exception, hence much be properly cooked to reduce the impact of phytochemical compound present in them.
- Prepare the ewedu leaves by washing and chopping them into small pieces.
- Boil the leaves in water for about 15 minutes.
- Strain the leaves and keep the water aside.
Heat some palm oil in a separate pot and add the boiled ewedu leaves.
Cook for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
Add the reserved water and some salt to taste.
Cook for another 5 minutes and set aside.
Consume the ewedu soup with any meal or snack throughout the day.
Repeat this process for 3-4 weeks.
Consult your doctor to monitor your fertility levels.
Downside Of Eating Raw Jute Leaves
Due to the present photochemical such as Flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, glycosides, carotenoids, saponins, and steroids found in Ewedu leave, it is recommended that it should be cooked before consumption to lower the side effects of these compounds.
Although some people prefer making smoothies with Jute leaves, also note that when these phytonutrients are high in our body they may harm us. Hence, excessive intake of raw jute may increase the amount of these phytonutrients and in turn, increase their downside.
One recent study suggests that a high intake of jute especially when raw may limit reproductive functions in males.
Jute leaves in pregnancy
Intake of Jute leaves during early pregnancy may lower the risk of miscarriage due to the abundance of folate, a B vitamin that aids fetus development.
A and C vitamins in Jute help to ensure strong immunity and help pregnant women in defending against diseases.
Whereas, Calcium and Magnesium promote strong teeth and bones. While Calcium ensures healthy bone development, Magnesium makes it possible for calcium to be absorbed into the body.
Jute leave and inflammation
Omega-3 lipids are found in a variety of vegetables, including ewedu leaves, which may reduce inflammation. Jute leaves have the highest concentration of omega-3 lipids of any known vegetable, claims one study.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help the body combat inflammation and are essential for brain development. What foods first come to mind when you think about omega-3 fatty acids? For many people, fatty fish, nuts, and vegetable oils appear to show up.
Keep in mind that the sole fatty acid found in jute leaves is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is converted by your body into the necessary active forms of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Jute leaves contain folate, a B vitamin that helps the growth of the fetus. Vitamins A and C aid to maintain a healthy immune system and support pregnant women’s immune systems, while calcium and magnesium support healthy bones and teeth. Lycopene, a carotenoid with antioxidant characteristics, helps to protect cells from damage and combats free radicals. Therefore, eating jute leaves in the early stage of pregnancy may reduce the chance of miscarriage.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.