Basella alba is one of the important leafy vegetable species belongs toBasellaceaefamily have been used in traditional medicine system to treat several disorders in India. Apart from therapeutic use, it is the rich sources ofmany nutrients and antioxidant compounds which can be used to protect the skin from UV rays.
alba leaves were washed in tap water and dried at room temperature for 8 weeks after which they were ground into fine powder.
Basella alba, commonly called Malabar spinach, is native to the East Indies. It is a vigorous, climbing, tropical vine that may be grown in St. Louis as an annual leafy vegetable for cultivation of its edible spinach-like stems and leaves or as an ornamental foliage vine.
Basella alba is an edible perennial vine in the family Basellaceae. It is found in tropical Asia and Africa where it is widely used as a leaf vegetable. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and New Guinea.
Basella alba is reported to improve testosterone levels in males, thus boosting libido. Decoction of the leaves is recommended as a safe laxative in pregnant women and children. Externally, the mucilaginous leaf is crushed and applied in urticaria, burns and scalds.
It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It contains high protein and great source of phosphorus and potassium. It has great amount of antioxidants such as lutein and beta carotene.