My friend asked me if I know something about alugbati plant. I replied, “nope”. I heard about alugbati several times before but I was completely clueless about it. So I listed it in my priority list – a search for alugbati and other health beneficial plants.
Picture results after googling were familiar. I have seen this plant before. In fact, I have a picture. I took a shot when I saw this plant in school garden without knowing it is the alugbati. Thanks to my curiosity and for the trying hard photographer.
The vegetable is also known as Malabar Spinach, Ceylon Spinach or the red vine. The stem is purplish (shade of red) and succulent with heart shape leaves. It bears green to dark red fruits (correct me if I am wrong).
The young leaves are popular vegetable stuff. It can be boiled (boil until cooked and discard water), used as salad ingredient and other dishes like ginisa.
The plant is also popular for its medicinal properties. Growing it in your garden is a nice idea. I planted two stems near the road and it is growing so well. I often get few shoots and eating it as is, without any sauce or whatsoever.
1) A good source of essential nutrients. Excellent source of calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and iron.
2) Contain saponins that act as phytochemicals. Fights cancer and other diseases. I think all fruits and vegetables together can fight cancer and others… No need to specify it repeatedly.
3) Roots are employed as rubefacient – a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin.
4) Roots are also used as poultice to reduce local swellings.
5) The sap can be applied to acne areas to eliminate irritation.
6) The sap has a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin.
7) A diuretic. It is what happens when you drink coffee, softdrinks and lots and lots of water. Frequent urination.
8) A mild laxative. From medicalnewstoday.com, it is a food, compound or medication which when consumed either induces bowel movement or loosen the stool. Taken and recommended for those suffering constipation.
9) Pulped leaves are applied to boils, ulcers and abscesses.
10) Leaf juice with sugar is effective for inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus. Also used to treat gonorrhea and balanitis
11) Leaf juice with butter has a soothing effect on burns and scalds.
12) Stem and leaf extract can cure habitual headache.
13) Fruits maybe used as cheeks and lips make-up and dye. I think I should try this one for dying egg.
14) Good source of fibers. Again, all fruits and vegetables are good source of fibers.
update: edited as of December 4, 2014. please tell me if you found something useful about this plants. thanks!