Herbs & Plants: From Swadhina.

Swadhina brings more information on herbs and plants that address malnutrition and anaemia:

  1. Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes are a very good source of food for malnutrition. Apart from consuming directly during season, the potato can also be made into thin slices and dried and preserved. This can be boiled and given to children; adults can make a powder of the dried potato and drink a spoonful with water. However, it is to be avoided if the person is diabetic.

  2. Heirloom-Sweet-Potato

  3. Hygrophila: Commonly known as Kulekhara in Bengali, the leaves of Hygrophila are considered to be a very effective answer to anaemia. This plant is ver common in Bengal and Jharkhand, and the leaves are known to increase the level of haemoglobin. 4-5 leaves need to be boiled in water, which can then be drunk like tea. If drunk daily, this can efficiently increase the haemoglobin level in a month.

  4. Hygrophila -3

  5. Basella (Vine Spinach): Known as Pui Saag in Bengal, this easy-to-grow spinach is a highly rich source of nutrients. Not only is Basella rich in anti oxidants like Beta Carotene, but also very rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. 100 g fresh leaves provide 8000 IU or 267% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A. 100 g of fresh greens contains 102 mg or 102% of daily levels of vitamin C. It is also a very good source of folate.

  6. Basella -2

  7. Watermelon: Young watermelons, when in the green stage, are a very good nutrition supplement. These can either be cooked as a vegetable or used as a medicine.

  8. water melon

  9. Red Amaranth: Known as Laal Saag in Bengal and border regions of Jharkhand, this leafy vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, calcium and folic acid (good for blood building). Used as a cheap and easy-to-grow vegetable, this can be grown very easily in a kitchen garden.

  10. Red Amaranth -2

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