Locally known as mululuza, bitter leaves are rich in vitamin and fortified with essential minerals and immune boosting properties. They aid in protecting and flushing the liver, increase blood volume and boost the immune system. Adding bitter leaf to your diet may reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as breast cancer and type 2 Diabetes, the University of Texas reports.
Some of the principal chemical compounds found in the bitter leaf herb are known as steroid glycosides – type vernonioside B1. These compounds possess potent anti-parasitic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial effects.
It is an abundant source of antioxidants which make a healthy disease-fighting addition to your diet. Bitter leaf supplement-induced stimulation of the immune system offers hope to many suffering with HIV/Aids related diseases.
Bitter leaf is an abundant source of the polyunsaturated fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acid. Because your body cannot make these two fats, they are required from the diet.
A study found in the November 2001 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that diets rich in these two fatty acids were protective against cardiovascular disease.