Sambiloto, bitter leaves with rich benefits
The Sambiloto plant is one of the most widely grown plants in the Southeast Asian region, including Indonesia. This plant does not produce fruit for consumption, but the leaves are famous for treating various diseases.
The taste of the leaves itself is very bitter, even used as a bitter herbs in some countries. In India, Sambiloto was used as a medicine for spreading flu in the 19th century. In addition, there are still many benefits of Sambiloto, including these following:
1. Prevent the Development of Cancer Cells
Sambiloto has anticancer and antioxidant properties that can counteract free radicals, and prevent the development of cancer cells in the body. Both of these ingredients can also help the body get rid of cancer toxins.
2. Boosts Immunity
As a plant that contains high antioxidants, of course Sambiloto can increase our immunity. In fact, there are claims that mention that Sambiloto can increase the number of red blood cells for people with HIV, as well as prevent some diseases such as syphilis and Gonrea decline.
3. Relieving colds
Sambiloto which has antioxidant content can increase immunity. Sambiloto can reduce fever, nasal congestion, sore throat which is a symptom of a cold. Sambiloto can be consumed with a combination of ginseng extract to prevent colds.
4. Preventing Heart Disease
Heart disease is one of the diseases most feared by many people, the article is the risk presented is death. Heart disease can be caused by many things, including blood clots.
Now, with Sambiloto, heart disease can be prevented. The content in Sambiloto can prevent blood clots, even break up blood clots. That is, the leaves of this plant can launch blood circulation which means it can prevent heart disease.
5. Improve Liver Function
The liver is an organ that functions to neutralize poisons that either intentionally or not enter the body. With Sambiloto, the main function of the heart will improve. So, we can avoid several diseases such as hepatitis, liver enlargement and others.
Meanwhile, the proper way to consume Sambiloto Leaf is to boil the bitter leaf, then drink the cooking water.
However, it should be noted that drinking or consuming Sambiloto leaves can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.