Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ulam (Malay Salad): The Superfood You Never Knew





ULAM [MALAY SALAD] THE SUPERFOOD YOU NEVER KNEW.
Try eating these 2-3 times a week, and within a month or so, you will feel the difference. The most visible change is in your complexion, and your friends will notice it and tell you. Other changes include higher energy level, mental alertness, more strength, stamina and faster recovery from exercise, better digestion and sleep. 
A serving of Ulam costs $1.00-2.00. So why spend lots of $ on chemically manufactured health supplements that are not as effective as these grasses and leaves gathered from the wild.
Here are the nutritional properties of the labelled photos of Malay salad leaves. For more details of their health benefits “Google” and you will find plenty of documented studies of their medicinal properties,
1. Pegaga [scientific name: centella asiatica] (common name: Pennywort or Gotu Kola]. Gotu kola is used for fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and improving memory and intelligence. Other uses include wound healing, trauma, and circulation problems (venous insufficiency) including varicose veins, and blood clots in the legs. It is used as an ingredient in many Myanmar dishes. You can buy Gotu Kola tablets at the stores but nothing beats the real stuff.
2. Ulam Raja [scientific name: Cosmos Caudatus] (common name: No common name except Malay translation: The King’s Salad). It contains 0.3% of proteins,0.4% of fats and carbohydrates, it also rich in lacsium and vitamin A. Its leaf has high antioxidant (AEAC) property, each 100 grams of the fresh leaves have the same antioxidant property to the 2400 mg of ascorbic L-acid. It contains more than 20 types of antioxidant substances that have been identified in ulam raja. The main anti oxidant substances are due to the existence of protosianidin in dimer, through hecsamer, cuersetin glycoside, chlorogenic acid, neochlorogenic acid, kripto-chlorogenic acid and (+)- catcher.
3. Daun Selom [scientific name: oenanthe javanicus] (common name: Chinese celery) While all celery is good for the health, being rich in iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and D, Chinese celery is said to have a number of medicinal benefits. Warm Chinese celery juice is traditionally used to cure jaundice and low fever. It may be used to promote healthy urination, as well as to replace electrolytes when a person is dehydrated. Chinese celery has also been used to treat various diseases as high blood pressure, digestive problems,rheumatism, and scurvy.
4. Petai [scientific name: parkia speciose] (common name: stinky beans). This bean is very high in nutritional value. It is especially effective as a liver detoxifier for those who take excessive alcohol.
• Powerful antioxidants for anti-aging
• Lowers blood sugars in diabetes and reduces cholesterol
• Aids digestion and weight loss
• Anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory
• Liver protector
• Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
• Lowers high blood pressure

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