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Friday, February 02, 2018

TWENTY years go, Asinate Seru decided she wasn't going to stay home anymore despite her children moving out to start their own families.

Her decision then led her to owning two tables at Vunidogo Market in Makoi today.

She lives with her year two grandson and doesn't only enjoy what she does but loves the fact that it keeps her occupied everyday.

"It's true that most people think otherwise about market vendors but we earn a fair amount than those who work in the office," said Mrs Seru.

"We don't' receive money weekly or fortnightly but every day and that's what makes it worth it.

With the money I earn, I have managed to pay for my bills, electricity, water, home essentials and I have been able to pay off our four-bedroom family house as well. It's easy and good money."

Mrs Seru said regardless of ones work, everything was about sacrifice.

"Nothing comes easy," she said.

"Everything we do in this world takes hardwork and commitment. For me, whether its rain or sunshine, I come to the market because I need the money to not only put food on the table but also help in providing school essentials for my grandson. Everyone has different ways and means of providing for their family and this is my way."

She said with one bag of cassava she could make 10 heaps from $20 a bag and her profit would be $30.

"Being at this age, buying from middleman in Nausori is easier for me," she said.

"If business goes well, in a week I would earn $200 plus profit. In a week I also pay $18 for my two tables.

The only struggle is trying to sell the produce — maybe because it's the location of the market but other than that our usual customers are the people from around the neighbourhood."

With the change of weather patterns, she said when its too hot the vegetables wither quickly but on cool days its more healthier and adds there isn't much competition with the other vendors because they have normal rates.

"This is the season for spinach (tubua) and its pricey," said Mrs Seru.

"Every day I buy $15 a dozen from Nausori and sell them for two dollars a bundle. Tubua is very healthy and easy to make, you can boil or fry them either way, it's good for your health. My favourite way is just boiling it."

Website reports some of its health benefits.

1. Diabetes management

Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.

Studies on alpha-lipoic acid have also shown decreases in peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy in diabetics. However, most studies have used intravenous alpha-lipoic acid and it is uncertain whether oral supplementation would elicit the same benefits.

2. Lowering blood pressure

Due to its high potassium content, spinach is recommended for people with high blood pressure; it can help reduce the effects of sodium in the body. A low potassium intake may be just as big of a risk factor for developing high blood pressure as a high sodium intake.

Other high-potassium foods include avocados, bananas, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, and oranges.

3. Healthy skin and hair

Spinach is high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss, which may be prevented by an adequate intake of iron-rich foods, like spinach.

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