Malunggay Pandesal (Bread) | The Benefits Of Malunggay Leaves

A few years ago our kasambahay told me about a new type of pandesal (bread) that she tasted. She said, unlike the typical pandesal, this one was made with malunggay leaves. Knowing that malunggay leaves have some good health benefits, I opted to give it a try and asked her to bring me some the next time she comes over.

How does it taste? 
Delicious. For a mere 2 Php per piece, this was really worth it. I was never really a big fan of pandesal because I found it too grainy. Somehow, since this tastes a little sweeter and was softer than any other pandesal that I ever tasted, I really enjoyed it. A healthy breakfast for only 10 Pesos or less?? Unfreaking believable. I love it too much.

 

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Here are some benefits of Malunggay Leaves:

Helps strengthen the immune system.
Help restore skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines.
Help increase semen count.
Help normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes.
Malunggay has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.
Helps relax and promote good sleep.

source: http://supermalunggay.blogspot.com/p/health-benefits.html

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List of Herbal Plants and their Benefits

1. Aloe Vera

Can heal wounds and soothe skin
Acts as moisturizer
Treats Acne
Has vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid that are generally good for health.
Soothes Periodontal disease
Aids in digestion

2. Camomile

Helps in sleeplessness and anxiety
Relieves gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea
Treats fever and colds
Anti inflammatory
Treats nausea
Treats asthma
Treats ulcerative colitis
Heals mouth sores and prevent gum disease

3. Eucalyptus

Treats a number of respiratory problems
Relieves stress and pain
Effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis, and other dental infections
Treats fever and reduces body temperature

 

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4. Marigold

Antioxidant
Heals wounds
Good for cancer protection
Treats eczema
Treats gastritis
Treats cough
Treats cramps

5. Neem

Treats worms
Treats Malaria
Helps in pains of rheumatism
Aids skin infection
Treats gastric problems
Aid in preventing gingivitis

6. Oregano

Treats respiratory tract disorders
Relieves menstrual cramps
Treats urinary tract disorders
Treats skin conditions such as acne and dandruff
Treats fungal disease and infections

7. Passion Flower

May be used to relieve pain
Calms muscle tension
Used for anxiety, insomnia. and restlesness
Used in conditions of hyperactivity and high blood pressure
Helps in emotional discomfort

8. Rosemary

Helps improve memory
Helps purify air
Antiseptic
Antioxidant
Relieves muscle pain
Relaxes nerves
Improves digestion and appetite
Increases sweating

9. Sage

Digestive aid
Appetite stimulant
Relieve abdominal cramps and bloating
Has cooling action (decreases sweating by half)

10. Thyme

Relief from coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and common colds
Dries mucous membranes
Fights infection
Combats parasites (hookworms, tapeworms)

11. Turmeric

Anti-inflammatory
Lowers risk of brain diseases
Lowers risk of heart disease
Helps prevent cancer
Helps prevent and treat alzheimer’s
Benefits against depression

Sources:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html
https://www.organicfacts.net
http://www.livestrong.com/article/444206-health-benefits-of-marigold-flowers/
http://www.herbwisdom.com/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/passionflower-herbal-remedies.htm