#Saluyot – Polyphenolic antioxidants from the leaves of  Corchorus olitorius (Salu

Saluyot is a herbaceous vine that is a popular leafy vegetables in Southeast Asia. It is a good source of iron, vitamins B & amp; C and calcium. Medicinal uses include treatment of gestatioanal diabetes in pregnant women.

Corchorus olitorius (Saluyot) is rich in polyphenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, steroids, triterpenes, vitamins, and minerals. Studies show that leaf extract possesses inhibitory activity towards a amylase, a-glucosidase, and angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) thus making it useful to combat diabetes and high blood pressure. Such enzyme inhibitory activities are attributed to the presence of specific compounds called caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and isorhamnetin acid and isorhamnetin.

Medicinal uses include prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes in pregnant women, arthritis, fever, cold, diarrhea, ulcer, gonorrhea, hypertension, cardiovascular problem, asthma, and cancer. Saluyot tea or leaf infusion is also used to help treat headache, stomachache, and dysentery.

Other Names: Jute, Tugabang, Jew’s mallow/ Saluyot, Egyptian spinach, Pasau

Scientific Name: Corchorus olitorius

Also known as:

Saluyot (Tagalog), Jute, Jew’s mallow, Egyptian spinach, jute mallow, bush okra, West African sorrel (En), Chang shouo huang ma (Ch), Krinkrin (Fr)

Saluyot Mechanism of action in Disease Treatment and prevention

Phenolic antioxidants from the leaves of Corchorus olitorius L. – leaves contains six phenolic antioxidative compounds. The content of these phenolic compounds, were determined, and their antioxidative activities were measured using the radical generator-initiated peroxidation of linoleic acid. The results obtained showed that 5-caffeoylquinic acid was a predominant phenolic antioxidant in Corchorus olitorius leaves. Source: Journal of Agricultural Food chemistry. (1999 oct)

Health Benefits of Saluyot for Diabetes

A study conducted in Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, India reported that by administering powdered Saluyot supplements to pregnant rats, both the mother and the fetus exhibited an increased resistance in diabetes induced oxidative stress versus a control group. The results suggest that Saluyot supplementation during pregnancy may provide beneficial effects against diabetes induced oxidative stress both for the mother and the fetus. (Journal of Diabetes) March 2013: Dietary supplementation with Ipomoea aquatica attenuates maternal and fetal oxidative stress in streptozotocin-diabetic rats)

Antioxidants

The Philippine Department of Agriculture promotes saluyot leaves as food that offer benefits fresh or dried . They are rich in vitamin E and also contain vitamin A and C. All three nutrients are antioxidants that protect your cells from disease-causing molecules known as free radicals. The antioxidants in saluyot may sharpen vision, fight arthritis and improve fertility.

Prevents harmful substance from destroying cells or deteriorating organs within the body. Saluyot leaves contain 6 phenolic antioxidants, protecting the body from infections.

Vitamin A

Promotes good eyesight and maintenance of the immune system. Other than vitamin C, it is considered the most essential vitamin for healthy development vision (the most use of the senses) and immunity. The most notable source of vitamin A is carrots but saluyot leaves are just as effective.

Fiber

Aids in digestion, absorption of nutrients and bowel movement. It also regulates blood sugar and increases food volume, helping check appetite. Saluyot leaves are a good source of fiber, promoting healthy eating and digestion.

Promotes Good Eyesight

Saluyot has beta-carotene content which promotes good eyesight.  Its richness in vitamin A will help you prevent or avoid eye problems in the future.

Good For The Bones And Heart Health

It is high source of calcium and iron to help keep our bones healthy. It also helps to maintain enough numbers or red blood cells.

This green leafy veggie is rich in vitamin C to keep our immune system healthy. It also promotes heart health due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also plays the role of removing the bad cholesterols and prevention of blood clots.

Anti-inflammatory

Saluyot has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that its leaves have phytomedicine, a treatment for inflammation inside the body like a headache and arthritis. In order to get its maximum potential keeping your healthy, you may consume saluyot on a regular basis.

The dietary fibers that saluyot leaves carry are helpful in lowering the cholesterol level and blood pressure. Saluyot has its niacin, folate, thiamin, and reboflavin content. It is also good for the heart and liver.

Milk Booster And Promotes Youthful Skin

Saluyot is a pregnanrt and lactating mother’s friend. It boosts milk and help reduce pain during labor. Even lowers the possible risks of getting diabetes during pregnancy. It also prevents the appearances of wrinkles and fine lines due to its vitamin E content and antioxidants.

Saluyot in Traditional and Folkloric Medicine

. Saluyot being rich in vitamins and minerals generally promotes good health and well-being.

. Saluyot being rich in vitamin A can provide health benefits for for good eyesight

. Saluyot contains vitamins E and other antioxidants. It is said to prevent wrinkles and promote youthful looking skin.

. Saluyot is used to treat inflammation and pain such as arthritis, headache, stomachache.

.  Saluyot leaves are rich in fiber and its slimy consistency when cooked is used to treat various digestive problem such as diarrhea, stomach ache, dysentery, constipation and ulcers.  It is also claimed that together with other herbs it can cure cancer.

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