Monday, December 20, 2010

Kenikir Leaf

Cosmos caudatus Kunth, or better known as the leaf kenikir have a fairly distinctive aroma, slightly fragrant and tastes slightly bitter. Shaped leaves are long, with a little orange-yellow flowers. This plant is included in the wild, because almost as a garnish encountered many of the fence. But who would have thought that this plant can be used as a tasty vegetable. One study found that kenikir leaves contain compounds that have antioxidant power that is high enough. Compounds that are antioxidants can stimulate the process of apoptosis through the intrinsic (mitochondrial path). Hyper apoptosis is one way of inhibiting carcinogenesis (cancer causing).

Kenikir leaves contain saponin, flavonoida polyphenols and essential oils. Traditionally the leaves are used as medicine appetite, weak stomach, reinforcing the bone and insect repellent.

Shrubs with a height of 75-100 cm and distinctive smell. Stem erect, square, grooved lengthwise, much branched, purplish-green segmented. The leaves are compound, cross face, sharing pinnate, pointed tip, flat edge, 15-25 cm long, green. Compound interest, a hump, at the end of the stem, the stem ± 25 cm long, crown consists of 8 leaf crown, the length of 1 cm, red, stamens form a tube, blackish brown anthers, pistil-haired, green yellow, red. The fruit is hard, the shape of the needle, the tip-haired, young green after dark chocolate. Seeds hard, small, needle shape, ± 1 cm long, black. Roots riding and white.

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