Chips Made of Fresh Kangkong Leaves


1 bundle young kangkong leaves
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp margarine
1/2 cup flour
cooking oil

Cooking Instruction:
Remove young kangkong leaves from petioles. Wash. Rinse. Shake lightly to remove excess water. Dissolve margarine on a pan over low fire. Let cool. Mix beaten eggs and dissolved margarine.  Coat kangkong leaves with liquid mixture then with flour. Set aside. Heat cooking oil in a pan then deep fry coated kangkong leaves. Serve with mayonnaise. Consume immediately.

fresh kankong leaves chips

Mango Leaves as Diabetic Control / Preparation Methods and Scientific Studies

An interesting poster by Lifestyle Philippines. Mango leaves reduces diabetes risk. The poster has instruction saying, boil about 15 fresh mango leaves in water. Let stand overnight. Filter. Then drink.

mango leaves diabetics risksMaybe eating green and yellow mango fruit yield the same result but there are reasons why choose leaves over the fruit.  Leaves are available all year round and almost always free unless your are living in the middle of skyscrapers and busy noisy roads.

It triggered my interest to find more literature. Here they are.

The young mango leaves can be eaten, mixed with native dishes or prepared as tea. I have never tried it yet however. Leaf juice is used for treatment of bleeding dysentery, asthma, coughs and other lung diseases. Add with honey and use it to cure loss voice. Dried tender leaves for curing diabetics. Leaf ash for burn and scar remedy. Leaves analysis showed 43% euxanthin acid, some euxanthon, hippuric acid, benzoic acid, mangiferin and mangin. source

Soak ten to fifteen tender mango leaves in glass of water and leave it overnight. Filter and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. Or, air dry the leaves, grind and take a teaspoon two times daily. source

Boil 3-4 mango leaves. Let stand overnight. Filter the next morning and drink before breakfast. This specific procedure is intended for lowering blood pressure, not controlling diabetes. source

It seem literature are pointing to young tender leaves. Based from my own observation, mango trees rarely produce new young leaves every year. Production of new young leaves can be induced by cutting off some branches.

Here are other findings of legitimate scientific studies.

Based on results obtained it was found that Mangifera indica has significant hypoglycemic activity in high dose and can be successfully combined with oral hypoglycemic agents in type-2 diabetic patients whose diabetes is not controlled by these agents.

source: Clinical Investigation of Hypoglycemic Effect of Leaves of Mangifera Indica in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. by: Akbar Waheed, G.A. Miana and  S.I. Ahmad. published: Pakistan Journal of Pharmacology, Vol.23, No.2, July 2006, pp.13-18

Mangiferin showed anti-diabetic as well as hypolipidemic potentials in type 2 diabetic model rats. Therefore, mangiferin possess beneficial effects in the management of type 2 diabetes with hyperlipidemia.

source: Studies on the anti-diabetic and hypolipidemic potentials of mangiferin (Xanthone Glucoside) in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic model rats. by:  B Dineshkumar, Analava Mitra, M Manjunatha. published: International Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 (2010) 75-85

Leaves extract have powerful antioxidant activities because of high phenol and flavonoid contents… which maybe responsible for diabetic complications in rat studies. Mango leaves extract increase peripheral utilization of glucose, increase hepatic and muscle
glucagons’ contents, promote B cells repair and regeneration and increase c peptide level. It has antioxidant properties and protects B cells from oxidative stress. It exerts insulin like action by reducing the glycated hemoglobin levels, normalizing the microalbuminurea and modulating the lipid profile. It minimizes long term diabetic complications. Efforts are now being made to investigate mechanism of action of some of these plants using model systems.

source: Effect of Aqueous Extract Mangifera Indica Leaves, as Functional Foods. by: Reda M.Y. Morsi, N.R.EL-Tahan and Adel M.A. El-Hadad. published: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 6(6): 712-721, 2010, © 2010, INSInet Publication

Mango added to a high-fat diet, prevented the increase in fat mass due to high-fat diet and
was similar in efficacy to two well-known drugs used in the treatment of metabolic  disorders, rosiglitazone and fenofibrate. Findings suggest that incorporation of mango in the diet may also lower risk factors for the development and progression of heart disease.

source: Mango Modulates Body Fat and Plasma Glucose and Lipids in Mice Fed High Fat Diet. by: Dr. Edralin A. Lucas et al.

Guyabano Leaves Decoction | Personal Insights

Just want to put in my “two cents’ worth” about guyabano tea.

In March this year, my “balae” succumbed to end-stage cancer of the lungs. Being Filipino, his wife/family had wanted to try all sorts of herbal teas/concoctions that friends/relatives told them about, hoping for a “cure”. One was tea from fresh guyabano leaves that a neighbor provided generously. My balae kept a cup of the guyabano tea by his bedside and took sips throughout the day, whenever he could muster the resolve to tolerate the taste. I tried it myself; it was bad-tasting. Perhaps if the leaves had been dried before they were boiled, the taste would have been more palatable.

At any rate, I highly doubt that the guyabano tea did him a lot of good in the end; his illness was already too far advanced. That guyabano has health benefits, I believe, because there are a lot of plants out there that are good for our bodies. But to rely only on a particular plant for a complete cure, is, I think a bad idea. Plants only have the ability to work with our bodily systems to help them function normally/optimally. I am not an MD, just a BSHE graduate with nutrition background, but this makes sense. And if your body is already very sick before you begin any herbal treatments, you cannot expect miracles. I think the wise thing to do is to supplement medications prescribed by your MD with herbal teas, BUT ONLY IN CONSULTATION with the MD.

Some plants may have contra-indications for some medicines, like grapefruit is not recommended to be taken with medicines for high blood pressure. Of course, one would need to eat huge amounts of grapefruit before it becomes risky, but patients still get the warning printed on their medicine bottles because of the availability/popularity of grapefruit juice here.

Then again, there is always the placebo effect. Because a patient has a firm belief that taking that plant supplement will cure him, it just might!
To take herbal teas for the pleasure of drinking a soothing drink that may have benefits, is okay. My husband and I do this ourselves; hot tea after dinner is sooo good!

The US Food and Drug does not regulate herbal teas/supplements the way they regulate pharmaceuticals, and it’s mainly because there are not that many conclusive trials/tests to prove their efficacy, only popular beliefs based on traditions that have been passed down through generations in many cultures of the world. Actually, pharmaceutical companies have begun focusing on this traditional folk medicine that are plant-based to create new medicines with those desired results.

But as in everything else, moderation is key.

Insights written and submitted by: Cristina(Boots) Lee

guyabano leaves striked by sunlight


Sending Fresh/Dried Guyabano Leaves Via Airmail

Have lots of guyabano tree nearby and have plenty of time to spare? Then you can do this simple things to help those whore are in need. Think of yourself like a very lucky person, winning a super lotto, an expensive car or a house and lot. The value of guyabano trees are more than those material things. It can save lives from a very threatening disease, the cancer. Share your fortune to others.

Guyabano leaves can be sent via airmail. Charge a minimum fee for mailing cost. Charge more to cover your labor. Do it often to make a living. Do not charge to high or else authorities will come after you!

1) Gather mature green guyabano leaves. Rinse in running water to remove adhering dirts. Let dry. Hanging in front of electric fan will hasten drying time.

fresh matured guyabano leaves

2) If fresh leaves are desired by the recipient, pack it right away in paper bag then insert in paper envelope. Then sent it via fast mail services like LBC or Air21. Double paper packaging is recommended to absorb moisture coming from leaves. A morning package should arrived in the afternoon and afternoon package should arrived the next morning. Never send fresh leaves if  the expected travel time is more than 24 hours. Proceed to step three as alternative.

3) Dry the leaves. Place it in between magazine or book pages. A clean bond paper can be used to prevent contact of leaves with the page prints. Let dry at room temperature.

dry flattening guyabano leaves

4) Pack dried and flattened leaves in polyethylene bags, seal. Insert in mailing envelope. A hard cardboard will prevent leaf cracking. Sent it via express or snail mail. I wish it could be sent via e-mail!

The Sayote Leaves and Slice Cucumbers

She arrived and showed me what she bought. The thing that grabbed my attention was the unfamiliar vegetable leaves, talbos. The veggies she love to buy are camote tops, saluyot and dahon ng ampalaya. This one was different. She said it was sayote leaves. What she gonna do with it? Perhaps it is a surprise.

I got a piece of leaf and a piece of stalk. I was curious how it taste so I ate it. Both leaf and stalk taste good. Also good when dipped in banana catsup or mayonnaise.

The sayote fruit is usually used for tinolang manok in replacement of papaya. According to wiki, it can be cooked to variety of dishes. All plant parts are edible – from roots, stalks, fruits to leaves. Perhaps the flowers are edible too. Hearing about the roots makes very excited – I should try it too.

The plant is a rich source of amino acid and vitamin C. It is diuretic and has anti-inflammatory properties. The leaf is used for treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension and kidney stones. According to Stuartxchange, the fruit is laxative, raw pulp is used for soothing of skin rashes and roasted leaves might help in suppuration of boils.

saluyot leaves

For me, the best preparation for cucumber is enselada, sliced cucumber in mixture of vinegar, sugar, black pepper and chopped onions. However, there is the second best. It is dipping sliced cucumbers in mayo-catsup sauce. The mayo-catsup sauce is a mixture of mayonnaise and catsup.

sliced pipino and sauce

Note: Cucumber skin is edible and should not be peeled-off. Most nutrients are concentrated in near the peels.

update as of August 1, 2011

My better half cooked a steamed tilapia with sayote leaves.

steamed tilapia with sayote leaves