Yakón (Latin: Smallanthus sonchifolius) is a plant of the Asteraceae family, sunflower relatives, dahlia, artichokes, edible plants, and other ornamental plants. This plant is nicknamed Mexican Sunflower because historically this plant originated from Mexico, and spread to Central and South America, to Asia and Africa.
|The Insulin leaf|
The insulin leaf has a sweet taste (because it contains insulin), with flower shape similar to violet, resin, and there are antenna tuna. This plant can grow with a maximum height of 2 meters and the flowers are yellow.
In the beginning, this plant is not used as a medicinal plant, but as an ornamental plant because of the beautiful flower display.
This plant has the effect of lowering blood glucose. The root has a relatively low energy value, although it tastes sweet. The leaves and stems of the plant Yakón have strong antioxidant activity and are considered as a potential food supplement in the prevention of chronic diseases involving oxidative stress, especially diabetes mellitus. This efficacy is related to the content of phenol and fruktollgosakarida.
A second clinical study was published in Chemico-Biological Interactions. In a clinical study conducted in 2010, the team tested blood glucose and insulin levels of mice in diabetic injection with Yakón leaf extract for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks of using the Yakon leaf extract, the results were positive. This is evidenced by the ability of the leaves of Yakón in controlling insulin and glycemic levels in mice. Up here the researchers are quite enthusiastic about seeing the possibility of the leaves of Yakón in the treatment of diabetes.
How to treat Insulin leaf to serve as herbal medicine? Certainly different, depending on the type of processed leaf Insulin itself. Fresh leaves, for example, can be consumed after boiling and then taken boiled water which can then be drunk. There are also processed of this leaf in the form of extract or essence of insulin which is usually packaged in the form of bottles that can be directly drunk with practical.
Several studies have been done to prove the benefits of the leaves of Yakón or Insulin leaves especially against diabetes. A preliminary clinical study published by The Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2001, stated that administering the Yakón leaf stew in experimental mice for 30 days can significantly lower blood glucose levels. Besides, also affect the healthy weight loss of these mice.
That is some brief information about the leaves of Yakón or the leaves of Insulin. It cannot be denied, diabetes is a disease whose treatment takes time and even a lifetime. However, that does not mean to be a reason for us to keep a healthy lifestyle.