Callaloo Juice: Ingredients and nutritional benefits

Callaloo (Amarantus Viridus)

Callaloo is also known as calaloo or green leaf amaranth. This is a green leafy vegetable which is the Jamaican's spinach, and can be treated in the same way, either raw or cooked. Amaranth greens, also called Chinese spinach, hinn choy or yin tsoi callaloo, tampala, or quelite, are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. They are a very good source of:

  • Vitamins including
    • Vitamin A- Retinol, the dietary form of vitamin A, is a yellow fat-soluble, antioxidant vitamin important in vision and bone growth.

    • Vitamin B6 - Signs of a Vitamin B6 deficiency include: depression, anxiety, loss of libido, insomnia, water retention, inability to process glucose (weight loss/gain). Physicians are now beginning to recommend routine vitamin B6 administation during hormonal contraception/medication.

    • Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient and vitamin essential for life and for maintaining optimal health. No bodily organ stores ascorbate as a primary function, and so the body soon depletes itself of ascorbate if fresh supplies are not consumed through the digestive system, eventually leading to the deficiency disease known as scurvy, which results in illness and death if consumption of vitamin C is not resumed in time.

      Acute scurvy is characterized by:
      • easy bruising, or bruising with no apparent cause
      • loose teeth
      • superficial bleeding
      • fragility of blood vessels
      • poor healing
      • compromised immunity
      • mild anemia

      Leading to massive internal hemorrhaging, scurvy is eventually fatal.

    Riboflavin - also known as vitamin B2 or vitamin G, is an easily absorbed, water-soluble micronutrient with a key role in maintaining human health. Like the other B vitamins, it supports energy production by aiding in the metabolising of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Vitamin B2 is also required for red blood cell formation and respiration, antibody production, and for regulating human growth and reproduction. It is essential for healthy skin, nails, hair growth and general good health, including regulating thyroid activity. Riboflavin also helps in the prevention or treatment of many types of eye disorders, including some cases of cataracts. It may assist bloodshot, itching or burning eyes and abnormal sensitivity to light.

    Signs and symptoms of riboflavin deficiency include cracked and red lips, inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue, mouth ulcers, cracks at the corners of the mouth, and a sore throat. A deficiency may also cause dry and scaling skin, fluid in the mucous membranes, and iron-deficiency anemia. The eyes may also become bloodshot, itchy, watery and sensitive to bright light.

    • Folate - Folic acid is very important for all women who may become pregnant. Adequate folate intake during the periconceptional period, the time just before and just after a woman becomes pregnant, helps protect against a number of congenital malformations including neural tube defects.

    • Calcium - Calcium is essential in muscle contraction, oocyte activation, building strong bones and teeth, blood clotting, nerve impulse transmission, regulating heartbeat, and fluid balance within cells.

    • iron
    • magnesium
    • phosphorus
    • potassium
    • zinc
    • copper
    • manganese

    • However their moderately high content of oxalic acid inhibits the absorption of calcium, and also means that they should be avoided or eaten in moderation by people with kidney disorders, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis.


    Ginger root is used extensively as a spice in many if not all cuisines of the world.

    Medical research has shown that ginger root is an effective treatment for nausea caused by motion sickness or other illness, and also contains many antioxidants. Powdered dried ginger root is made into pills for medicinal use. Although very effective against all forms of nausea, PDR health officials do not recommend taking ginger root for morning sickness commonly associated with pregnancy, though Chinese women traditionally eat ginger root during pregnancy to combat morning sickness. Ginger ale and ginger beer have been recommended as "stomach settlers" for generations in countries where the beverages are made. Ginger water was commonly used to avoid heat cramps in the United States in the past.

    Ginger has also been commonly used to treat inflammation, although medical studies as to the efficacy of ginger in decreasing inflammation have shown mixed results. It may also have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties, making it effective in treating heart disease; while early studies have shown some efficacy, it is too early to determine whether further research will bear this out.


    Sugarcane is a grass originally from tropical Southeast Asia. The thick stalk stores energy as sucrose in the sap. From this juice, sugar is extracted by evaporating the water.

    Evaporated cane juice can be used just like sugar for sweetening foods and beverages as well as in cooking. Since it is considered to be more wholesome, it is also used as a sweetener in a host of processed, natural foods. It may also be known by a variety of other names including dried cane juice, crystallized cane juice, milled cane sugar and direct consumption sugar.

    Cane Syrup is pure sugarcane juice and lots of vitamins & minerals! Not only does it have a pronounced sugarcane flavor, but is also laden with the affluence of more than a few vital nutrients. It is free from harmful chemicals as phosphoric acid, formic acid, sulphur dioxide, or any preservatives, flocculants, surfactants, bleaching agents or viscosity reducers. Its characteristic sugarcane aroma is absolutely unparalleled and its natural intrinsic nutrients make it a healthful sweetener!


    Lime is very high in vitamin C, and because of its sourness is good for the immune response. It is good for the treatment of heartburn, colds, liver, rheumatism, fever, upset stomach and headache. Lime juice is important for women during pregnancy as it helps to build bones in fetus. Lime juice is of great value for persons ailing with constipation. Further research has shown that in chronic cases, lime juice helps remove the disorder by promoting biliary secretion from the liver. In addition, it has proven effective in the treatment of acute tonsillitis as well as valuable in eye disorders. Lime juice is excellent for weight reduction.


    In summary the ingredients combined nutrients are known to help with:

    • Poor vision and retarded bone growth
    • Depression, anxiety, loss of libido, insomnia
    • Scurvy - easy bruising, loose teeth, superficial bleeding, fragility of blood vessels
    • Poor healing compromised immunity mild anemia
    • Cracked and red lips, inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue, mouth ulcers
    • Weak bones and teeth, blood not clotting
    • Nausea caused by motion sickness

    Research and Development

    • The Scientific Research Council worked assiduously with Exotic Juices in bringing the product to its present quality and taste.
    • The Bureau of Standards has certified the production processes of Exotic Juices Limited.

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