Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Unbelievable Health benefits of Inexpensive ghas-pus Bathua

Many of us are unaware of green leafy vegetable named Bathuaa. This green leafy vegetable offers several unexceptional health benefits.

Mother Nature has bestowed us with many priceless green leafy vegetables which are highly beneficial for our health. But, non-vegetarians call these leafy vegetables as “ghas-pus” and don’t eat them. One such healthy green leafy vegetable is Bathuaa or Chenopodium Album. Bathuaa is a nutritional mine of a food and easily available during winter months in India. It is loaded with nutrients and has medicinal properties. Consuming this inexpensive green leafy vegetable treats various health problems. Let’s take a look at a few health benefits of Bathuaa.

Medicinal Uses of Bathuaa Leaves and Health Benefits for hair skin diabetes

Bathuaa or Chenopodium album is also known as Goosefoot, Lambs’ quarters and fat-hen. Bathuaa leaves and young shoots are eaten raw as salads or added in soups, saag, curries, stuffed breads, pancakes, pies and paratha. The seeds of the plant are also used in cooking. Bathuaa is rich in iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, protein and potassium. Bathuaa is low in both, calories and sodium. Its earthy, astringent salty taste resembles spinach to some extent.

Nutritional Value of Bathuaa (per 100 g)

Carbohydrates: 7.3 g
Dietary fiber: 4 g
Protein: 4.2 g

  • Vitamin A equiv.: 580 mg
  • Thiamine (B1): 0.16 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2): 0.44 mg
  • Niacin (B3): 1.2 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): 0.092 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.274 mg
  • Folate (B9): 30 mg
  • Vitamin C: 80 mg
  • Calcium: 309 mg
  • Iron: 1.2 mg
  • Magnesium: 34 mg
  • Manganese: 0.782 mg
  • Phosphorus: 72 mg
  • Potassium: 452 mg
  • Sodium: 43 mg
  • Zinc: 0.44 mg

Bathuaa Health Benefits

Dental Problems
Bathuaa is very effective in treating various dental problems like tooth pain, bad breath, gum disease, mouth sores, etc. Just, chew a few raw bathuaa leaves to get rid of dental problems.

Irregular periods
Women suffering from irregular periods can regulate menstrual cycles naturally with Bathuaa. Make powder of bathuaa seeds & dry ginger (equal quantity) and keep aside. Now, add 15-20 grams of this power to 400 ml of water and boil it until 100 ml of water remains. Sieve the mixture and leave it to cool down. Drink the mixture two times a day to treat the problem.

Kidney Stones
This green leafy vegetable is useful for those suffering from or at risk for kidney stones. It decreases the tendency of stone formation as well as breaks the stones and helps in their removal, causing little or no pain. Make a fine paste of Bathuaa tender leaves & stems and consume 10-15 ml with or without water on empty stomach twice a day (morning and evening).

Try Bathuaa leave infusion to get rid of your constipation problem. Boil Bathuaa tender leaves in water and drink the leave infusion daily. It also improves appetite & digestion, reduces acidity, relieve gas & bloating.

Intestinal Worms
If you think your child have intestinal worms, then give him/her a few raw bathuaa leaves to eat regularly for some days. You can also give 2 tsp. bathuaa juice (salt added) two times a day. Bathuaa kills the worms in children.

To treat Jaundice with bathuaa, make a mixture of juice of bathuaa and giloy (tinosporia cordilolia) in equal quantities. Consume 25-30 ml of the mixture twice a day (morning and evening) to get relief from jaundice.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Bathuaa can bring relief when you are suffering from a urinary tract infection. For UTI, mix 10 gms of bathuaa juice with 50 ml water and candy sugar as per taste. Take this concoction on regular basis. Boil bathuaa in water and add lemon, salt and cumin seeds powder. Drink this water to cure burning sensation when urinating

Blood Purification
Purify your blood naturally with bathuaa. All you have to do is eat bathuaa leaves with 4-5 neem leaves juice. Blood purification avoids various skin problems such as eczema, acne, rashes, etc.

Bathuaa is as beneficial as Indian gooseberry for your hair. In fact, it contains more vitamins and minerals compared to Indian gooseberry. It keeps your hair strong & black as well as prevents hair from premature greying. So, include it in your diet. Boil bathuaa in water and washing your hair with it to treat the problem of head lice.

Bathuaa can reduce internal and external swelling. For inner swelling of stomach, intestine, liver, uterus etc., consume bathuaa in any form while for external swelling, cook bathuaa leaves in steam and apply them on swelling area to reduce swelling.

Postpartum infections
Eat the mixture of bathuaa (10 grams), carom seeds (10 grams), fenugreek seeds (10 grams) and jiggery (10 grams) for 10 to 15 days to get relief from infections after birth.

Bathuaa is also considered to be effective for those who are suffering from piles. Just, consume bathuaa two times a day (morning and evening).

Enlarged Spleen
Boil bathuaa and add some black pepper & rock salt. Eat this to treat enlarged spleen.

Bathuaa leaves juice is very beneficial for arthritis sufferers. Drink 2 tsp. bathuaa juice on an empty stomach regularly for 2-3 months.

Eating bahua is an excellent way to replenish nutrients in the body. For anemia, consume 25 to 50 grams of bathuaa leaves juice daily.

Side Effects Of Chenopodium Album or Bathuaa

  • Bathuaa contains high amount of oxalic acid so eat this leafy vegetable in moderation (especially raw). Excess consumption can cause gastric pain and diarrhea.
  • Pregnant women should also avoid its consumption as it can lead to miscarriage.


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