The various benefits of red betel leaf have long been known by the people in Indonesia. However, before deciding to use red betel leaves, it is necessary to consider that some of these benefits are traditionally trustworthy and require further verification.
Various benefits of red betel leaf, possibly because red betel leaf contains a variety of useful substances, such as flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, polyphenolate compounds, and essential oil compounds.
Recognize the Benefits of Red Betel Leaves
Until now, there have been several studies that have shown the possible benefits of red betel leaf for certain health conditions.
As an antiseptic
Inhibits dental caries
Are antibacterial in certain bacteria
A study was conducted to determine the positive effects of red betel leaves for human health, one of which is as an antiseptic, especially as hand washing material. Red betel is used with the consideration that this material has long been used by the community as an antiseptic, antidiabetic, anticancer, and to cure infectious diseases. However, it needs to be analyzed whether the remaining bacteria are pathogenic (cause disease) or not. Furthermore, the statement of the results of the study also requires the support of other scientific evidence.
Dental caries is one of the most common health scourges in Indonesia, usually due to the bacterium Streptococcus mutans. According to research, the benefits of red betel leaves to remove dental caries might be obtained, considering this material contains essential oils, flavonoids, alkanoids, and phenolic compounds. All of these compounds are basically active against mutans bacteria, and the results turned out to be quite satisfying because red betel essential oil has a powerful effect to inhibit the growth of S. mutans bacteria.
Some studies say that red betel leaves are proven to be more effective as an antibacterial than green betel leaves. This is based on the essential oil content which functions as an antibacterial. In addition, other studies have shown that ethanol extracts of red betel leaf can inhibit the growth of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Although the various studies above provide the possible benefits of red betel leaf, but these claims still need further research to ensure this.
If you intend to use red betel as a treatment, it is advisable to consult with your doctor first, so that the healing process can be more effective. In addition, also check whether the red betel product you are going to use has obtained permission and is in accordance with the standards of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).