Forget your kale and spinach these local favourite veggies are what you need to stock up in the fridge!
While we embrace modern beauty technology in all its glory, we shouldn’t neglect our ancestor’s age old beauty secrets. Back in the old days, Malaysian women used to feed themselves with what we call ulam for maintaining a youthful complexion through its health benefits. Ulam according to Wikipedia means, salad. It’s a combination of different raw or sometimes steamed veggies all served together with the main dish. The veggies that are usually served are petai, pegaga, jering, kangkung, selom leaves and bitter gourd to name a few.
Did you know that our local ulams like petai are not only good for our health but also has beauty benefits? Because it’s eaten raw it retains its vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, natrium and kalium. They also promote good digestion.
Pegaga (Indian Pennyworth)
Pegaga or Indian Pennywort is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a plant that promotes sharper mind amongst children. This coin-shaped plant is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins A, and C, and various mineral salts. It helps with blood circulation, memory boosting, hair growth and improves skin’s appearance.