Chenopodium album or Bathua is widely cultivated around northern India for consumption. The plant is elsewhere considered as a weed.
Chenopodium album is a weedy annual plant in the genus chenopodium.
The plant also known as Lamb’s quarters and is a fast growing weed producing 75,000 seeds annually.
Chenopodium prevents liver from hepatotoxicity caused by drugs like paracetamol and various others.
Studies have shown the benefits of chenopodium in lowering liver enzymes. Chenopodium is used in medicinal preparations used to prevent jaundice.
Chenopodium is a spasmolytic and relieves abdominal cramps or spasms.
Chenopodium is a blessed source of vitamin A. Just a 100g of fresh leaves of lamb’s quarters can provide you with 232% of vitamin A. Vitamin A fights free radicals and prevents the retina from the damages of free radicals like macular degeneration.
Vitamin A also prevents the eyes from age related disease called Cataract.
LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR
The plant has a low glycemic index. Lamb’s quarters leaves slowly release glucose in the blood preventing sugar spikes and a good vegetable to consume for people with diabetes.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Lamb’s quarters is a substantial source of vitamin C. VitaminC, being the antioxidant vitamin, boosts the production of white blood cells and increase the bodys capability of fighting infections and viruses.
Being an incredible source of fiber, lamb’s quarters promote intestinal peristalsis making the passage of the stools through the intestines alot more easier.
Being affluent in iron, lamb’s quarters can be included in diet to prevent anemia.
Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, and is required in the transport of oxygen to the tissues.
Deficiency of iron can lead to anemia which leads to fatigue, irritability and shortness of breath.