This pigweed is one of the greens that is found worldwide. It is recognized as the most beneficial greens around the world. A nutritionist has explained 11 exciting health benefits of pigweed and traditional healthy recipes.
Health Benefits of Pigweed
#1 Good for Constipation
Pigweed eliminates the constipation problem. Especially the older and children suffering from the constipation problem a gravy prepared with pigweed acts as a laxative and improves overall health.
#2 Prevent Common Summer Diseases
Pigweed is best to consume during the summer season. If we take pigweed gravy with cold water rice during the summer season, it will cure body heat, dysuria, prickly heat, coup rap. Pigweed also acts as a medicine for the top 5 summer diseases like chickenpox, herpes, jaundice, typhoid and measles commonly found near villages. Extract of pigweed applied to prickly heat will reduce the inflammation and make it cool and dry. The village people believe that a paste prepared using pigweed applied on herpes boils will make it cool and dry and cures the condition of the disease.
#3 Act as Weight Controller
For underweight children, pigweed with capsicum and onion included in their diet will increase their body weight. If we cook pigweed as soup with garlic, tomato, cumin, pepper, it will reduce the overweight and makes you thin. Because the pigweed is less in calorie it can be taken as a complete food for a meal.
#4 Cures Dysentery and Diarrhea
For dysentery and diarrhea, the seeds of pigweed smashed in tender coconut water will act as good medicine.
#5 Improves Brain Health
To improve your brain health, drink a cup of equally mixed pigweed extract with Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba) extract. Pigweed contains omega 3 fatty acids and it helps in brain development. It also prevents you from the symptoms of ADHD.
#6 Prevent Lung Infections
Pigweed contains a large amount of vitamin A, C, and vitamin B complex. It prevents you from lung infections. It acts as one of the medicines to cure mouth cancer.
#7 Act as Antiseptic
Growing pigweed at home is equal to keeping a first aid box. Pigweed cures on fire burns, scabies just wash the complete plant grind it and apply it to the infected area this acts as an antiseptic cream.
#8 Remedy for Jaundice
Complete pigweed plant ground with tender coconut water or buttermilk and make it as a ball and mix it with cold rice water and drink it every morning before breakfast this cures jaundice, scouring and leucorrhea.
#9 Reduce Cholesterol Level
Cook the pigweed with garlic and include in your diet that will reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood. Also, your body will get cool, if you include frequently pigweed in the diet.
#10 Recover from Chronic Illness
Pigweed is beneficial from children to old age people; it purifies the blood and help to recover the body from chronic illness. It increases milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
The flowers and stem regions of pigweeds are consumables. Pigweeds can be cooked easily and it requires less heat energy so it consumes less time of cooking. Baked pigweed will result in its complete nutrition. Pigweed can be added in salads also. It can be included in any of your traditional dishes. It can be added to soup or can mix it with vegetables. It is better to cook on the same day.
Who to Avoid Eating Pigweed?
Pigweed is rich in oxalic acid. Sometimes it may cause as oxalate salt and retain in the kidney. So, people who are suffering from kidney malfunctioning can avoid this green. Otherwise, if your taking pigweed in your daily diet consumes little more water for better digestion.
Calorie Content of 100 gm of Pigweed:
Energy: 27 k. Cal
Water: 90 gm
Protein: 2 gm
Fat: 1 gm
Minerals: 2 gm
Fiber: 1 gm
Carbohydrate: 3 gm
Calcium: 111 mg
Phosphorus: 45 mg
Iron: 15 mg