Agathi Keerai, an omnipotent spinach, is capable of curing not only physiological but also psychological problems of human beings.
Its botanical name is Sesbania grandiflra having precisely 63 curative benefits as per Siddha school of medicine. Mainly, this reduces body heat, heals the wounds and is a sure remedy for mental depression and other illnesses
The term ‘Agathi’ refers to ‘fire inside’, i.e. it will ignite the fire inside all organs and equalize the blood circulation throughout the body. It is a cleansing agent also.
Normally, this Agathi Keerai plant is used for proper rearing of betel leaves creeper and pepper creepers. There are different kinds of agathi spinach such as Sazhai agathi, Sitragathi, Seemai agathi and Pei agathi and all belong to the agathi family only. However, there are two specific kinds based on the color of flowers that spring from agathi. One is in white color and the other is in the red color known as sevvagathi. The leaves, flowers, roots and outer cover are widely used for medicinal purposes.
Uses of the Spinach:
- Agathi spinach will facilitate easy digestion
- Will cure acidity related problems
- Will reduce body heat and eyes will be cooled
- Urination and stools elimination will be proper
- Stomach ulcer will be cured
- Mental depression and stress will be cured
- The soup made of agathi spinach, small onion, pepper and cumin will heal stomach ulcer easily
- Foot sore and other wounds will be cured by the essence of this spinach
The health benefit of Sesbania include lower blood pressure and help keep arteries flexible, supports normal fetal development, beneficial for skin, boosts immunity, prevents Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, weakness. The health benefits of Sesbania make it an important constituent of any diet.
1. Lower Your Blood Pressure and Help Keep Arteries Flexible
Including vitamin C rich food in your normal diet plays a strong role in heart health. People who eat a diet rich in antioxidants like vitamin C may have a lower risk of high blood pressure. Sesbania is one of the best options for getting vitamin c as one cup of sesbania consists of 14.6 mg of vitamin c which is 16.22% of the daily recommended value.
Vitamin C also plays an important role in slowing down the progression of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). It may help keep your arteries flexible and prevents damage to LDL cholesterol. People with low levels of vitamin C are at increased risk of heart attack, peripheral artery disease, and stroke, all of which can stem from atherosclerosis.
2. Supports Normal Fetal Development
Folate present in sesbania plays an essential role in fetal development and is beneficial for pregnant women. Folate deficiency during early pregnancy may lead to neural tube defects. It is a serious problem that may result in pregnancy termination or a baby born with spina bifida. Studies have found increased folate levels from one month prior to conception to 3 months afterward can reduce the chance of these defects by 50%. Including folate rich foods like sesbania help to overcome this problem since it contains 20 µg of vitamin B9 which is 5.00% of the daily recommended value.
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3. Beneficial for skin
Pale skin and dark circles are the most common signs of anemia caused due to iron deficiency. The lack of iron causes hemoglobin levels to decrease, resulting in the subsequent reduction of RBCs. The reduced oxygen flow can deprive your skin of its color, making it look sallow. A healthy dose of iron-rich foods in your daily diet can give your skin a pinkish glow. Since sesbania consists of iron therefore it is best to include sesbania in your to get considerable amount of iron regularly.
4. Boosts Immunity
Selenium is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system, and can also be a key nutrient in lessening the development of viruses including HIV. In patients who already contracted HIV, selenium has been shown to also be useful in slowing down the progression of the disease into AIDS. Sesbania is among the best alternative to obtain selenium from your normal diet.
5. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Sesbania consists of vitamin B1 which is thought to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. People suffering from this disease have benefited when treated with vitamin B1 supplements of 100 mg per day. Therefore including sesbania in your regular diet is beneficial for getting vitamin b1. There are placebo-controlled trial researches that are ongoing to determine more about the mechanism by which this occurs.
People who don’t get enough riboflavin tend to experience regular headaches and even migraines. However, when a person gets sufficient riboflavin, the number of headaches is reduced. Research on 55 patients displayed that those who took 200-400 mg of riboflavin had considerably fewer migraines and headaches than those given the placebo. This reduced both the frequency and intensity of the headaches. Therefore vitamin B2 rich food must be consumed to solve the migraine problems and remain healthy and happy life.
Sesbania has the ability to remove minor health problems like muscle weakness, numbness, fatigue and similar ailments because it consists of considerable amount of phosphorus. Normal amount of phosphorous in the body are a great way to remain fit and active. According to the experts and suggestions of various health practitioners a normal amount can be around 1200 mg for adults. Apart from that sexual weakness can also be cured with healthy supplementation of phosphorous into the body, so issues like impotence, loss of libido, frigidity, and sperm motility can be boosted by having a sufficient supply of phosphorus in your system.