Daun katuk or Sweet leaf is one of popular vegetable in Indonesia, sweet leaf grown in some tropical regions as a leaf vegetable. Sweet leaf is easy to propagate just by cuttings of older wood stems or by seeds. In Indonesia Sweet Leaf is popular vegetable, Every region in Indonesia Sweet Leaf have different name such as Memata (Melayu), "Katukan" (Java). Sweet Leaf plants also grow others country. In other country Sweet Leaf also known as sweet leaf or star gooseberry in Malay it is called "Cekur manis", "Sayur manis", in Thai it is called pak waan( Thai), Rau ngót (Vietnamese) and Malay Cheera (Kerala –India).
The content of the Sweet leaf is protein, phosphorus, fat, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B, and C. pirolidinon, and methyl p-dodesilfenol piroglutamat as well as a minor component.
Benefit of Sweet Leaf for health: Prevent osteoporosis, Effective smooth milk, Contain high levels of calcium, Contains ephedrine which is very good for people with influenza, Rich compounds that can increase the quality and quantity of sperm, and able to arouse sexual vitality.
There are seven active compounds that stimulate the production of steroid hormones and compounds eicosanoids Sources of vitamin A as the body needs to prevent eye disease, cell growth, immune system, reproductive, and skin care.
The main compound for the body's manufacture of collagen, fat transport, electron transport, hyper healthy gums, regulating cholesterol levels as well as immunity boosters. Also for the healing of wounds and improve brain function in order to work optimally. Sweet Leaf also rich in chlorophyll, the most among other crops. In Taiwan and American leaf was used as a slimming body (anti-obesity drugs).
While the other benefits of Sweet leaf is, can prevent and improve reproductive disorders in women and men. Sweet leaf can also inhibit heart disease and vascular disorders. Sweet Leaf also increase the absorption efficiency of the digestive tract.
The Scientific classification of Sweet leaf
Tribe: Phyllanthea e
Binomial name: Sauropus androgynus (L.) Merr.