Gynura - Medicinal Veggies
We love growing gynura. It grows beautifully in vertical systems with huge, juicy leaves and excellent color. We currently grow four types, gynura bicolor (pointed and round leaves), gynura procumbens (longevity spinach) and gynura divaricata. Studies have shown this plant has anti-cancenogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties among other benefits.
Gynura bicolor is widely distributed in Asia and is very popular for vegetarian cuisine. Leaves of G. bicolor distinctively show a reddish purple color on their abaxial sides, contrasting with the typical green color seen on the adaxial side. The leaves of this plant are often consumed steamed or fried. Research shows that the contents of the leaves are nontoxic. The major constituents of pigment sources and physiological effects of G. bicolor are thought to be related to its rich flavonoids including anthocyanins, quercetin, kaempferol, quercitrin, isoquercitrin, and rutin. Gynura is usually used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation, herpes simplex virus, rashes, fever, rheumatism, kidney disease, migraines, constipation, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and hypertension. While having a very high nutritional profile, little effort has been made to explore the impacts of G. bicolor biological activities and applications of health products.