Rimbang, the little round one that is good for eye health
Rimbang is a type of thorny shrub similar to eggplant that can produce large clusters of pea-sized yellow-green berries that can be used for a variety of culinary, horticultural, and of course medicinal purposes. Jungle plants have trees that can reach 5 m in height. But usually, less than 2 m. Almost all parts of this plant are spiny, except for only the fruit which is covered in hair. The leaves are ovate with a base like a heart or rounded, with a blunt tip.
Rimbang has the scientific name Solanum torvum containing saponins, flavonoids, torvosides, alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, cholorogenome which are antioxidant compounds. This content has many benefits, including preventing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer. And what's most viral about this forest is that it's very good for the eyes, among other things :
1. Prevents Macular Degeneration
In addition to the many benefits of vitamin C for the skin, the high content of vitamin C in the forest known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin as well as a very strong antioxidant. Vitamin C is not only beneficial for the health of the skin, bones and blood vessels, but also maintains the health of the fine capillaries in the retina. Consuming forage regularly with high vitamin C content is very good for preventing the risk of cataract formation and also loss of vision that occurs due to macular degeneration.
2. Protects Eyes From Cataracts
The next advantage of the forest is to prevent or reduce the risk of developing cataracts. The high content of vitamin C in the forest will protect body fluids such as blood, saliva, lymph and also intra and intercellular fluids and fluids that surround the lens of the eye. Consuming rimbang regularly can prevent cataracts and reduce the severity of these cataracts.
3. Improving Vision
The benefits of vitamin A for the skin are also needed by the organs of vision to overcome diseases and maintain overall eye health. The high content of vitamin A in the forest has also proven to be very good for improving eyesight so that the eyes can adjust to changes in light, keep the eyes moist and also improve vision at night. Adequate vitamin A, as found in this forage, can also prevent dry eyes and prevent blindness while increasing the ability of the eyes to adapt to light and dark. Retinol present in vitamin A helps to form a purple visual in the eyes and ensures the health of the retina of the eye.
4. Prevent Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a visual disorder characterized by damage to the optic nerve due to pressure on the eye with symptoms such as headache and pain in the eye. Vitamin B, which is also present in this forest, functions as a coenzyme in certain chemical reactions in the body. Meanwhile, thiamin levels in the blood will also be lower when consuming rimbang so that it can prevent glaucoma.
5. Preventing Optic Nerve Damage
Vitamin B in the forest is also associated with the manufacture of DNA and protein production. If the body is deficient in vitamin B, it can cause damage to the brain and spinal cord and then spread and damage the optic nerve which causes the sufferer's vision to decrease.
6. Prevent Retinal Function Decline
There are more than 10 benefits of flavonoid compounds for body health, one of which is to maintain eye health. In the jungle also contains flavonoids which are very important not only for the health of the body but also prevent various eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts and also decreased retinal function especially for someone who is over 60 years old. Consuming rimbang is one of the best ways to get a source of flavonoids to prevent these various eye problems.
7. Maintain Connective Tissue
Vitamin C in the forest also functions as a very strong antioxidant with an important role to form and maintain connective tissue including collagen which is found in the cornea of the eye. Consuming rimbang which also contains high vitamin C which is a source of antioxidants can meet the body's daily vitamin C needs so that it can avoid the various eye problems mentioned above.
The benefits of rimbang for the eyes have been proven to be effective, especially to prevent various eye problems. For how to process the jungle itself, you can boil and drink the water or process it into various dishes as side dishes.
Cook with a mixture of rimbang
Rimbang has a bitter taste and can be eaten raw. There are also cooked with vegetables or a combination with other cooking ingredients
Here are some of the dishes I've made containing Rimbang. Rimbang originates from the Caribbean Islands and is now spread across Indonesia. Have you ever found or known this plant?
Jadi selama ini yang saya suka makan mentah ini namanya rimbang? Saya sering nyebutnya terong kelereng dan bahasa rimbang itu ya istilah buat rendam mata di air.