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Africa leaves may still sound foreign to some people. However, this plant with the Latin name Vernonia amygdalina is now starting to be widely developed in Indonesia because it is believed to have various he alth benefits
As the name implies, African leaves do come from Africa. In the continent of origin, this plant is often used as herbal medicine to help overcome various he alth problems, such as lowering cholesterol levels and fever.
Africa leaves have a bitter taste and can be consumed by boiling, then drinking the boiled water.
Nutritional Contents in African Leaves
Africa leaves contain a variety of nutrients that are good for the he alth of the body. The following are some of the nutrients found in African leaves:
- Complex carbs
- Some vitamins and minerals
Besides, this green leafy plant also contains lots of flavonoid antioxidants.
Some Benefits of African Leaves for He alth
Thanks to the nutritional content, antioxidants, and various substances in it, African leaves have various benefits for the he alth of the body, including:
1. Lowering blood sugar
Various studies have shown that African leaves are useful in lowering blood sugar levels and keeping them stable. This herbal plant can also maintain the function of the pancreas in producing insulin and maintain the effectiveness of the hormone's performance.
This effect makes African leaves good for preventing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
2. Inhibits the growth of cancer cells
A laboratory study shows that African leaf extract is beneficial in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, such as breast cancer. Not only that, African leaves are also said to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy in cancer treatment.
Nevertheless, the benefits of this African leaf still need to be investigated further. You are still advised to consult a doctor if you want to use herbal products, including African leaves, as the main treatment for your condition. Especially if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
3. Eliminate disease-causing bacteria
Africa leaves are known to contain chemicals that have antibacterial properties. African leaf extract can even kill and prevent the growth of various types of germs that often cause infections, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.
However, the effectiveness of the benefits of this one African leaf still needs to be studied further, especially if it is used as an infection treatment.
4. Overcoming intestinal worms
In addition to Plasmodium parasites, African leaves are also known to kill other types of parasites, namely worms. Several studies have shown that African leaf extract is useful in eradicating eggs and larvae of worms that can attack the digestive tract, such as roundworms and hookworms.
Even so, you still need to consult a doctor first if you want to use African leaves as an anthelmintic.
5. Maintain heart he alth
Africa leaves are also claimed to be useful in maintaining liver he alth and function. This benefit is thought to be due to the content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances contained in it. Not only that, African leaves are also believed to be able to reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver.
In addition to the various benefits above, African leaves are also believed to maintain the he alth and function of the nerves and brain, prevent anemia, and overcome inflammation.
Unfortunately, the various claims for the benefits of African leaves above have only been discovered based on small laboratory studies using experimental animals. Until now, there has been no research that confirms the effectiveness and safety of the benefits of African leaves as a treatment for diseases in humans.
Therefore, you should consult a doctor first if you want to use African leaves as herbal treatment, especially if you have a disease or are taking certain medicines. This is done to avoid dangerous side effects.