Mengkudu for GERD, Is It Truly Safe?

"Buah mengkudu (Noni fruit) has long been trusted as medicine. Various diseases are claimed to be cured by this herb, including asam lambung (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease). Is it true that mengkudu is safe for GERD?"

Published by : administrator  -  12/11/2021 12:30 WIB

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Mengkudu for GERD will be the focus of this article. Who does not know mengkudu as a medicinal fruit, anyway? There are so many articles that discuss mengkudu is able to cure various diseases. Furthermore, there many mengkudu extract products which are also claimed to be able to cure various diseases.

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Mengkudu (Morinda Citrifolia), often also called Noni fruit or in Java called Pace. This fruit contains many chemical compounds that act as anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. Chemical compounds in mengkudu that are beneficial to the body include scopoletin, rutin, polysaccharides, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, 1-arginine, proxironin, proxeroninase, iridoid, asperolusid, fatty acids, amino acids, glycosides, glucose, and iridoid antarkinone.

As quoted from Promag.id, citing the statement of a biochemist from the United States, Dr. Ralph Heinicke. He revealed that mengkudu contains xeronine compounds, a type of alkaloid that can repair cells in the body.

Well, that’s the benefits that make mengkudu good for asam lambung (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease), especially those related to weakening or decreasing the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES works as the entrance for food and drink to the stomach. Also, as a guarding gate so that stomach acid does not go up into the esophagus. Xeronine in mengkudu is able to improve the performance of the LES if it ever decreases, so that GERD can be overcome.

Not only for GERD, mengkudu fruit can also prevent wounds on the stomach wall or commonly called tukak lambung (gastric ulcers). Mengkudu is able to trigger an increase in the production of special mucus that protects the stomach wall. Its anti-bacterial function can also prevent Heliobacter pylori infection, which is the main cause of stomach ulcers. mengkudu is also able to control stomach acid at a safe level.

Move from the stomach problem, mengkudu is also good for high blood pressure. Quoted from Kontan Health page of the Agricultural Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, the scopoletin substance contained in mengkudu functions to regulate blood pressure. The astringent properties in mengkudu are able to clean the blood as well. The smoother the blood circulation, the blood pressure will also tend to be normal.

The function of lowering blood pressure is not necessarily obtained quickly. However, it should be consumed regularly with doses that are safe for the body. Because it must be consumed regularly, consuming mengkudu for high blood pressure should be done by first consulting with a doctor or someone who understands deeply about jamu mengkudu.

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Mengkudu is not recommended for pregnant women, people with kidney problems, people with liver disorders, people with hyperkalemia, people with high blood potassium levels. If during consuming mengkudu then experience side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, or dizziness, then you should stop consuming it.

You should not consume mengkudu as a fruit. That’s because the taste and smell tend to be unpleasant. You can process it into a warm drink or juice with other herbal concoction according to your wishes. In addition, for convenience, you can also buy mengkudu simplicia in the market.

Despite all the benefits of mengkudu, this herb is not the main ingredient to have a healthy body. In addition to consuming herbs, you must also maintain your diet, sleep patterns, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.