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Benefits of Cassava Leaves for Health

Navigasi - The cassava plant is a type of tuber that thrives in Southeast Asia, precisely in areas with tropical temperatures. The tuber is widely known as a carbohydrate-producing staple food and the leaves as a vegetable.

Benefits of Cassava Leaves for Health
Benefits of Cassava Leaves for Health


Shrubs can reach up to 7 meters with sparse branches. Taproot with numerous branch roots which then enlarge into edible root tubers. The average tuber size is 2–3 cm in diameter and 50–80 cm long, depending on the clone/cultivar. The inside of the tuber is white or yellowish. Cassava tubers are not resistant to storage even though they are placed in the refrigerator. Symptoms of damage are indicated by the discharge of a dark blue color due to the formation of cyanide acid which is toxic to humans.

Tubers of cassava is a source of energy rich in carbohydrates but very poor in protein. A good source of protein is found in cassava leaves because they contain the amino acid methionine.

Benefits of Cassava Leaves for Health


Medicinal plants say that the pharmacological effects of cassava are antioxidants, anticancer, antitumor, and increase appetite. And here are some of the benefits of cassava leaves.

1. Good for Pregnant Women Many ask whether cassava leaves are good for pregnant women? My answer is yes, cassava leaves are good for pregnant women. Because cassava leaves contain high enough iron so that it can help pregnant women avoid anemia.

2. Treating Fever & Headache Provide 3 pieces of songkong leaves, then finely ground. Well, the result of the cassava leaf collision was placed on the head like a compress.

3. Treat Diarrhea To treat diarrhea, take 7 pieces of cassava leaves, then boil them in 4 cups of water until 2 cups remain. Strain the water and drink the concoction 2 times a day. If a child with diarrhea is still breastfeeding, then the one who drinks the concoction is the mother.

4. Blurred Eyesight Do you have problems with blurred vision? Treat with concoction of cassava leaves.

You do this by boiling cassava leaves with salt and garlic. After that, the cassava leaves are eaten with rice as a side dish.

5. Increase Appetite If you have difficulty eating, prepare enough cassava leaves then boil them with salt and garlic. Then cassava leaves with rice and tomato sauce. The benefits and dangers of cassava leaves for health.

Nutritional content:


The leaves of the sweet potato which are in great demand also contain several important nutrients, such as protein, fiber, fat, calories, carbohydrates, vitamins A, C, B17, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Of all the nutrients available, the highest per 100g is protein (3.7), fiber (0.6), calories (37), fat (0.2), and carbohydrates

a. Internal drug use Provide 100 grams of cassava stems, one stalk of lemon grass, 15 g of ginger. Then boil all the ingredients in 1000 cc of water until the remaining 400 cc. Then the decoction water 2 times a day morning and evening @ 200cc, after being filtered.

b. Use of external drugs Take 5 pieces of cassava leaves, 15 grams of red ginger and whiting to taste. Grind all the ingredients with enough water added to make a paste and apply it to the affected part.

Here's how to treat worms:


For this benefit, what we take is cassava bark. The method is very easy, take enough bark, then boil it with 3 cups of water until it boils and the remaining 1 cup. Strain, then drink before going to bed at night.

7 Dangers of Cassava Leaves


The dangers of cassava leaves that are consumed in excess can trigger the emergence of several disease complaints such as:

1. Result in poisoning


Cassava leaves contain linamarin and lotaustralin compounds which have the potential to become cyanide poisons which, if precipitated and irritate the body's tissues, can result in poisoning which is usually marked by vomiting and vomiting.

2. Stomach ache


Consuming too much cassava leaves can make stomach acid, the stomach wall gets pressure and injuries because the compounds present in cassava leaves are cyanide which can disrupt the system and performance of stomach tissue so that it will cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting accompanied by vomiting.

3. headache


Linamarin and lotaustralin compounds present in cassava leaves can act as poisons which inhibit the smooth circulation of blood around the head and trigger tension in the muscles of the nerves of the head, causing headaches which sometimes come continuously.

4. Shortness of breath


Cyanide compounds present in cassava leaves have the potential to cause narrowing and blockage of the respiratory tract which can cause shortness of breath, chest pain and the feeling of being crushed by a heavy object.

5. Increase cholesterol levels


For someone who has too high cholesterol levels in the blood should avoid consuming cassava leaves because it can increase cholesterol levels which later is feared can cause blockages in blood vessels which can hamper the performance of vital organs, including the heart.

6. Increase uric acid


Cassava leaves are not suitable for gout sufferers, let alone consumed in excess, because they contain purine substances which can cause increased uric acid in the joints which causes pain and inflammation.

7. Increase blood pressure


Someone who suffers from high blood pressure is actually still allowed to consume cassava leaves but in a moderate (reasonable) dose and it is advisable not to add coconut milk in its processing. Fat in coconut milk can affect blood pressure and disrupt blood flow.

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Dangerous Combination with Cassava Leaves


Cassava leaves are potentially more dangerous to health when combined with other types of food, especially for people with high blood pressure, gout and vertigo sufferers.

1. Vegetable cassava leaves combined with meat


For people with gout and high blood pressure, you should avoid consuming cassava leaf vegetables added with coconut milk and mixed with meat. any meat is better to avoid so that blood pressure and the amount of purines in the joints do not increase.

2. Cassava leaves are processed with coconut oil


Cassava leaves that are processed into stir-fry using coconut oil have the potential to increase the levels of linamarin and lotaustralin compounds which contain cyanide to become more active and dangerous if consumed excessively by people with high blood pressure, gout and vertigo sufferers.

because it will accelerate the increase in blood pressure. increase uric acid quickly and trigger headaches, especially in vertigo sufferers.

3. Vegetable cassava leaves combined with spinach and kale


Vegetables from cassava leaves combined with spinach and kale are very delicious when processed into URAP (a typical Javanese food menu). Cassava leaves have cyanide compounds, spinach leaves have very high iron and kale has quite a high purine content so those with high blood pressure, gout and vertigo should stay away from these three combined vegetables because they can make these diseases recur and will be difficult to cure. quickly.

Alternative vegetables to replace cassava leaves which are proven safe for people with high blood pressure, gout and vertigo.

Basically consuming cassava leaves is highly recommended for people who do not have high blood pressure, gout and vertigo. If cassava leaves are consumed in reasonable quantities in healthy people, the nutrients contained therein can be beneficial for the health of the body.

including being able to prevent anemia, being able to improve the quality of breast milk in nursing mothers or being able to prevent bouts of constipation and even there are still many health benefits of cassava leaves.

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