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Wake-bangun leaves are one of the plants that are often used as traditional medicine. The leaves which are also known as cumin leaves are known to have various benefits that are good for the he alth of the body
Wake-up leaves may still sound foreign to your ears. The leaves, which have the Latin name Coleus aromaticus, come from South Africa and East Africa. Now the leaves of the wake are starting to be widely cultivated, including in Indonesia.
Besides being known as cumin leaf, this plant is also often called aceran leaf, cat leaf, goat leaf, majha nereng, or iwak leaf.
Nutritional Contents of Leaves Awakening
The leaves are classified as herbal plants which are believed to have good properties for the he alth of the body. This is because the leaves have a nutritional content which includes:
- Vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C
The Benefits of Waking Leaves for the Body
Given the many nutrients contained in the leaves, it is not surprising that these leaves can provide various he alth benefits. The following are the benefits of the leaves that you can get:
1. Strengthen the immune system
The leaves contain vitamin C, vitamin A, various minerals, and good antioxidants to keep the immune system strong. In addition, the antioxidant content in this herb is also known to be good for preventing cell damage due to exposure to free radicals.
Not only that, some research even mentions that the antioxidant content in the leaves can also prevent the growth of tumor or cancer cells.
Unfortunately, the benefits of these leaves are still limited to small-scale studies in the laboratory, so they still need to be investigated further.
In order to maintain your immune system, you also need to live a he althy lifestyle, namely by getting enough rest, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and consuming a balanced nutritious diet.
Breastfeeding mothers need to have adequate nutrition and body fluids so that milk production can run smoothly. In addition, to facilitate breastfeeding, breastfeeding mothers can also try to eat several types of food or herbal plants, including the leaves of the wake.
This plant has been used for generations as a natural remedy to facilitate breast milk. This is because the leaves contain galactagogue compounds that can increase breast milk supply.
3. Relieves the respiratory tract
Traditionally, the leaves have been widely used to treat coughs and clear the airways of mucus. Several studies have shown that the leaves have antibacterial properties and an expectorant effect that can thin phlegm.
This effect makes the leaves wake up good for consumption as a natural cough medicine to treat cough with phlegm due to the flu or ARI.
4. Relieves fever
This herbal plant is known to relieve fever thanks to the anti-inflammatory substances in it. Not only that, the leaves also have an antibacterial effect, so they can overcome bacterial infections that can cause fever.
However, further research is still needed regarding the correct dosage, effectiveness, and safety of the leaves of the leaves as a fever reducer.
5. Smooth urination
The leaves of the wake are herbal plants which are also known to have a natural diuretic effect, so they can stimulate the formation and elimination of urine. By excreting more urine, toxic substances and excess fluids in the body can be expelled.
This effect makes the leaves good for consumption to maintain kidney he alth and prevent infection and stone formation in the urinary tract.
6. Maintain bone he alth
The leaves contain he althy fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, which are good for bone and joint strength. A study revealed that the content of omega-3 and omega-6 is useful for preventing and relieving arthritis and repairing bone and joint damage due to aging.
Together with calcium and vitamin D, the he althy fatty acid content in the leaves is also good for preventing osteoporosis, especially in the elderly.
Some of the benefits of the leaves above you can get if you take them as supplements or herbs. However, further studies are still needed to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the leaves of Bangun-bangun for he alth, especially if they are to be used as medicine.
Therefore, you are advised to consult a doctor first before consuming the leaves, especially if you suffer from certain diseases, such as kidney failure.