This leafy vegetable contains higher amount of Vitamin A as compared to other vegetables. As Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin, eyesight, this vegetable is also known as “Beauty-enhancing Vegetable / 美容菜” or “Eyesight-Enhancing Vegetable / 眼睛菜“. This leafy vegetable is also a good source of Vitamin B, C and minerals like manganese, copper, iron, and potassium.
Besides the nutritional values, it aids in the treatment of various eye diseases:
• Arthritis Glaucoma
• Hypertensive retinal haemorrhage
• Amblyopia etc…
In addition, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this leafy vegetable is considered as “寒性食物”. So one may have to consider adding in some ginger to reduce the “cooling” effect of endive.