Efo Shoko a.k.a Lagos Spinach! Shoko is the Yoruba name for Celosia Argentea, an indigenous plant with leaves high in beta-carotene and folic acid. Efo means vegetable in Yoruba so “Efo Shoko” is basically Celosia Vegetables.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN VEGETABLE (SHOKO)
Bone health: Since soko contains a lot of calcium, it plays a key role in maintaining healthy bones. Eating soko regularly reduce the rate of bone loss, and reduces the risk of all types of fracture. It also protects you against osteoporosis.
Blood pressure: Those who do not eat enough calcium have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure and stroke. This is because calcium plays a role in removing excess sodium from the blood and maintaining the health of the blood vessels. By eating soko regularly, you can increase the amount of calcium in your diet and reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
Digestion: Soko is high in fibre and water, both of which hep to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.
Anaemia: Soko is a source of iron, which is important for the transportation of oxygen around the body. Low levels of iron can result in anaemia, chronic fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and even angina if anaemia is severe. It can also result in hair loss. Eating soko regularly can improve your iron levels and prevent conditions associated with iron deficiency.
Sperm health: Low intakes of dietary zinc can result in low testosterone levels and it can also delay the onset of puberty in males. Lack of zinc can also increase the risk of prostate gland inflammation. By eating soko regularly, you can naturally increase your zinc levels.
Diabetes: Soko contains compounds that help to reduce blood sugar levels. In fact, soko leaves are commonly used in India to treat diabetes.
Anti-cancer: Soko contains phenolic compounds like Luteolin 7-0 glycoside that fight cancer.
Colds: Soko is rich in Zinc, an essential mineral known to protect against viral infections, especially those that cause common colds.