According to healthline - In addition to the fruit that is often processed into chips or strawberries, the leaves of the fruit trees can also be consumed by humans. The benefits of this leafy leaf are very many through its use that is also varied, starting from being used just to the leaves that are dried and made into herbal tea.
Sukun (Artocarpus altilis) is a group of mulberry plants that grow in tropical areas such as Indonesia. The fruit is similar to the shells of smaller sizes (only 10-20 cm in diameter), the skin is green with white meat and a thread-like texture.
While the leaves are fairly wide and glossy. It is usually used for health purposes, especially as a medicine for various diseases.
Benefits of Sukun for Health
The contents of the leaves are flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that is good for health. In addition to flavonoids, fruit leaves also contain polyphenol compounds, potassium, riboflavin, tanins, essential amino acids, cytosterol, and acetylcholine that the body needs.
Thanks to its nutritional content, some of the health benefits of fruit leaves are as follows:
1. Accelerate wound healing
A study published in the Journal of Dental Medicine of the University of Airlangga, Surabaya, East Java, said that one of the benefits of sukun leaves is to accelerate wound healing in people who have recently undergone dental removal procedures. This is due to the fruit leaves rich in antioxidants, especially polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins, and alkaloids.
This antioxidant substance has been shown to accelerate the healing of gum wounds because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-oxidant properties. The sooner the wound in the gums from tooth extraction heals, the less you can get infected by the germs entering the hole that left the tooth.
2. Healing tooth pain.
The antioxidant content in the leaves can also be used to cure tooth pain itself. Nevertheless, the benefits of this one should still be studied more deeply.
3. Relieves inflammation in the liver, spleen, and kidneys
One of the benefits of decoction leaves is to overcome inflammation. The flavonoids contained in the leaves of the juice can relieve inflammation that occurs in the internal organs of the human body, such as liver infection (hepatitis) or swelling of the spleen. In addition, flavonoids can also cope with swelling in the kidneys.
4. Reduce cholesterol levels
Studies have shown that the other benefits of fruit leaves are to lower the level of bad cholesterol in the blood because it is rich in antioxidants. Reducing cholesterol levels in the body will have a positive impact on your overall health, especially in preventing the arrival of coronary heart disease.
5. Destroy the heart
The benefits of dry juice leaves can also be felt when it is processed into tea that you can seduce and drink like tea leaves in general. This leaf tea has been developed by students from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and is claimed to be beneficial forining heart health.
The claim of fruit leaves for this heart medicine is not unfounded. According to research conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), juice leaves contain flavonoids, riboflavin, and cytosterol that can protect the heart from damage to the cardiovascular system, one of which is due to exposure to free radicals.
6. Reduces the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes
Juice leaves that are processed into tea and consumed regularly are also believed to be able to lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. In order to get the benefits of juice leaves for this diabetes, do not sweeten tea with any additives, including artificial dyes, preservatives, and sweeteners.
7. Dealing with allergies
Regular consumption of juice leaves can reduce the presence of allergic reactions in the body. Allergies can occur as a response of the immune system to foreign substances that are normally harmless to the body.
Allergies can occur because the body is unable to form the hormones or enzymes responsible for the anti-allergy system in the body. This condition will cause the body system to fail when exposed to some substances. This will cause some reactions when dealing with the allergenic.
8. Reduce the acid
The anti-inflammatory properties present in the leaves are excellent for reducing the inflammation that occurs in the joints. By consuming juice leaves tea can help reduce bladder disease gradually. However, when tea leaves is better to avoid foods with a high purin content, since purin is the cause of the appearance of uric acid.
9. Dealing with acid
The fruit leaves contain potassium that can neutralize stomach acid. The potassium content is known to have benefits in dealing with stomach acid disease because it has an anti-inflammatory effect that is believed to overcome the inflammation.
Side effects if consumed excessively
Although the health benefits of fruit leaves are quite many, you should not overdo it when consuming it. For pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is best not to consume fruit leaves to avoid unwanted effects.
Connecting one of the benefits of fruit leaves is to deal with hypertension, people with hypotension do not consume these leaves so that the blood pressure does not get lower.
People with blood disorders and allergies are also advised not to consume fruit or leaves of juice to beware of the negative effects that may arise.
How to treat leaves of juice for medication also does not have a definite indication, so its use needs to consult a doctor.
Although some studies on the benefits of fruit leaves for treatment are quite promising, further research is needed to prove it further. Therefore, continue to consult your problem with your doctor if you have a health problem.
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