Chaulai is a short-lived perennial plant which belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. The grains of this plant contain calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, vitamins A, E, C, and folic acid.
Chaulai is considered beneficial for anemia as it increases the blood production due to its rich iron content. It also improves bone health and prevents osteoporosis as it is rich in calcium and improves bone density. Chaulai might help manage weight by maintaining a good digestive health and suppressing hunger due to its high fiber and protein content as well as mild laxative property. It also boosts immunity and prevents various infections due to the presence of vitamin C in it.
Chaulai leaves are generally cooked and eaten as a vegetable to promote eye health due to the high amount of carotenoid and vitamin A present in it.
It is also beneficial for pregnant women as it helps in the development of the fetus as well as post-delivery recovery due to the presence of iron and other minerals in it.
Chaulai leaf paste can be applied on wounds to promote wound healing and on the skin to prevent the signs of aging due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chaulai leaf paste should be mixed with rose water or honey before application on skin to avoid allergies.