Manfaat Jeruk Bali

Jeruk Bali, Kikis Kolesterol, Lindungi Jantung

Jeruk bali bermanfaat bagi kesehatan. Kandungan pektinnya lebih banyak dibandingkan dengan jeruk jenis lain. Pektin inilah yang dipercaya mampu menurunkan kolesterol sekaligus mengurangi risiko sakit jantung.

Hampir semua orang kenal jeruk bali. Rasa dan bentuknya khas. Kulitnya sering dimanfaatkan anak-anak di pedesaan sebagai bahan baku mobil-mobilan.

Daging buahnya yang segar dan banyak mengandung air, bisa langsung dimakan setelah dikupas atau sebagai campuran salad maupun rujak.

Buahnya yang berwarna putih dapat dijadikan manisan setelah dibuang bagian kulit luarnya yang banyak mengandung kelenjar minyak. Di Vietnam, bunganya yang harum digunakan untuk membuat parfum. Bukan hanya itu, kayunya juga sering dimanfaatkan untuk gagang perkakas alat dapur.

Jeruk bali bermanfaat menurunkan kolesterol dan melawan penyakit jantung. Kenyataan tersebut diungkapkan peneliti asal Israel seperti yang dirilis di berbagai situs kesehatan dunia.

Penelitian tersebut melibatkan 57 orang dengan kadar kolesterol tinggi dan baru menjalani operasi bypass pembuluh darah koroner. Kandungan lemak yang sangat tinggi menyebabkan tubuh pasien kebal terhadap obat-obatan yang biasa dipakai untuk menurunkan kadar kolesterol.

Pasien-pasien tersebut kemudian dibedakan menjadi tiga kelompok. Kelompok pertama diberi hidangan jeruk bali dengan daging buah berwarna merah selama 30 hari berturut-turut. Kelompok kedua diberi jeruk bali warna putih. Kelompok terakhir tidak diberi jeruk bali sama sekali.

Hasilnya, pasien kelompok pertama dan kedua sama-sama mengalami penurunan lemak darah, sedangkan pasien di kelompok terakhir tidak mengalami perubahan apa pun. Diketahui pula bahwa jeruk bali merah diyakini lebih efektif menurunkan kadar lemak, khususnya trigliserida.

Kandungan likopen jeruk bali berguna untuk meningkatkan daya tahan tubuh. Menurut para peneliti, daging buah segar maupun jusnya memiliki manfaat yang sama. Temuan-temuan ini dilaporkan dalam Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Antibakteri

Para ahli dari Universitas Jagiellonian, Polandia, menemukan, ekstrak jeruk bali mengandung antibakteri dan antioksidan yang bisa “menenangkan” sistem getah perut untuk membantu proses penyembuhan. Dr. Thomas Brzozowski, ketua penelitian, menyarankan agar para penderita tukak lambung memasukkan jeruk ke dalam diet mereka meski secara alamiah mengandung asam.

Selama ini penderita luka lambung diminta tidak memasukkan jeruk ke dalam diet mereka, tetapi penelitian ini justru menyarankan sebaliknya. Ekstraknya diyakini bisa mengurangi kadar enzim COX-1 dan COX-2 yang ada dalam obat-obatan.

Kondisi ini memainkan peran utama dalam upaya penybuhan lambung. Para peneliti yakin ekstrak jeruk bali mampu menyatu dengan kedua enzim itu dalam proses penyembuhah lambung.

Tak hanya bermanfaat menjaga kesehatan jantung dan lambung, jeruk bali juga baik untuk kesehatan gusi karena kadar vitamin C-nya tinggi. Hal ini diungkapkan Peneliti di Universitas Friedrich Schiller, Jerman, yang menemukan kaitan kesehatan gusi pada mereka yang banyak mengonsumsi jeruk bali.

Penelitian melibatkan 58 responden yang mengalami kerusakan gusi yang cukup parah. Kenyataannya, jeruk bali membawa dampak positif setelah dikonsumsi setiap hari selama sekitar dua minggu. Bahkan, dampak positif itu juga berlaku bagi perokok maupun bukan perokok. Seperti diketahui merokok adalah salah satu penyebab utama kerusakan gusi.

Manfaat lain jeruk bali, yakni membersihkan sel darah merah yang telah tua didalam tubuh dan menormalkan hematokrit (persentase sel darah per volume darah). Sekaligus sebagai sumber antioksidan penangkal kanker.

Jus Paling Favorit

Selain dikonsumsi segar, jeruk bali sering diolah dalam bentuk jus. Saat membuat jus, Anda dapat mencampur jeruk bali dengan bahan atau buah lainnya, sehingga rasanya jadi lebih nikmat.

Berikut contoh meramu jeruk bali yang balk untuk kesehatan:

Sumber vitamin C dan penurun kolesterol
Konsumsi dua “siung” (helai dalam buah) jeruk bali ukuran sedang setiap hari untuk mendapatkan manfaatnya secara maksimal.

Minuman antioksidan dan antikanker
Ambil satu buah jeruk bali ukuran sedang yang telah dikupas dan dibuang isinya. Masukkan ke dalam blender, tambahkan air secukupnya. Dapat juga ditambahkan satu sedok madu dan buah lainnya seperti mangga atau pir.

Cara lain, ambil satu buah jeruk bali ukuran sedang yang telah dikupas dan dibuang isinya, dan 1 cm jahe kupas. Masukkan seluruh bahan tersebut ke blender dengan ditambah sedikit air.

Manisan
Potong-potong daging kulit jeruk bali (kulit luarnya dibuang) berbentuk juring, rebus dengan api kecil selama 60 menit. Buang air rebusannya, tiriskan, lalu timbang. Siapkan gula pasir sama beratnya dengan berat kulit jeruk yang telah direbus.

Taruh kulit jeruk rebus dalam panci, bubuhi air hingga terendam seluruhnya, tambahkan gula pasir. Rebus di atas api kecil sambil sesekali diaduk sampai menjadi sirop pekat. Angkat, biarkan kulit jeruk tetap terendam dalam sirop semalaman.

Esoknya, masak lagi di atas api kecil hingga sirop gula hampir habis. Keluarkan kulit jeruk dari sirop, hamparkan di atas nyiru, jemur hingga setengah kering. Potong-potong kecil panjang, masukkan ke dalam wadah tertutup. Agar tahan lama (1 bulan), simpan dalam lemari es.

Selain disantap sebagai kudapan, manisan kulit, jeruk bali bisa dicampurkan ke dalam adonan cake, terutama untuk menggantikan manisan sukade atau kulit jeruk parut. Manisan kulit jeruk yang dicampur manisan kering buah-buahan akan memperkaya cita rasa fruitcake.

Campuran salad buah
Siapkan 200 gram pepaya, 200 gram apel, 200 gram nanas, 200 gram melon (semuanya dipotong dadu), dan jeruk bali ukuran sedang yang telah dikupas, dibuang isinya, dan dipotong-potong sesuai selera. Tambahkan stroberi dan kiwi untuk hiasan.

Siapkan juga bahan dressing, campuran alpukat yang telah diblender halus dengan mayones. Tambahkan empat sendok madu, kocok dengan mikser sampai rata, beri air secukupnya, lalu aduk rata. Bahan buah segar diatur dalam mangkuk atau piring, kemudian disiram dengan dressing.

Kandungan Jeruk Bali

Likopen
Kandungan likopen pada jeruk bali cukup tinggi, yaitu 350 mikrogram per 100 gram daging buah. Jika bersinergi dengan betakaroten (provitamin A) yang banyak terdapat pada jeruk bali, likopen bisa berperan sebagai antioksidan.

Pektin
Jeruk bali mengandung pektin jauh lebih banyak dibandingkan dengan jenis jeruk lainnya setelah dijus. Satu porsi jus jeruk bali mengandung lebih dari 3,9 persen pektin. Setiap 15 gram pektin dapat menurunkan 10 persen tingkat kolesterol. Berarti jeruk bali dapat menurunkan risiko penyakit jantung.

Zat aktif pembersih darah
Jeruk bali dipercaya mengandung zat aktif yang dapat membersihkan sel darah merah yang telah tua di dalam tubuh dan menormalkan hematokrit, yaitu persentase sel darah per volume darah. Tingkat hematokrit normal pada wanita adalah 37-47 persen, sedangkan laki-laki 40-54 persen. Rendahnya hematokrit akan menyebabkan anemia, tetapi jika sangat tinggi dapat memicu penyakit jantung karena darah jadi mengental.

Kalium
Jeruk bali (gravefruit) merupakan sumber kalium, vitamin A (440 IU), bioflavonoid, dan likopen (350 ug/100g). Hasil penelitian, jeruk bali termasuk antikanker yang sekaligus menyehatkan prostat.

Vitamin C
Seperti jeruk lain, jeruk bali adalah sumber vitamin C (350 mikrogram per 100 gram daging jeruk). Vitamin C sangat baik sebagai sumber antioksidan.

Perokok dianjurkan untuk mengosumsi jeruk bali dua “siung” (helai dalam buah) setiap hari. Penigkatan kadar vitamin C di dalam darah mampu memperbaiki jaringan yang rusak, bahkan kanker, akibat tidak stabilnya molekul radikal bebas karena rokok dan polusi udara.

Sumber: Senior

Right Brain VS Left Brain

 Here the Result Test

Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:
Left Brain 47% | Right Brain53%

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

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Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half’s sub-categories. They are as follows:

Your Left Brain Percentages 48% Linear (Your most dominant characteristic)
42% Symbolic
38% Logical
22% Sequential
14% Verbal
14% Reality-based (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages 48% Intuitive (Your most dominant characteristic)
39% Random
32% Fantasy-oriented
30% Holistic
28% Concrete
19% Nonverbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

What Do These Percentages Mean?

Low percentages are common in the Brain Type Test and are not indicative of intelligence. Instead, medium to high scores (30 – 50%) are desireable, as they show an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 – 30%) methods, as they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.

If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.

If you have Highly Recessive characteristics, your normal thinking patterns naturally ignore these methods. You may only consider these under-utilized techniques when “all else fails,” or possibly not at all. It is important to recognize the benefits of all of your brain’s capabilities in order to become a balanced thinker.

Left Brain Categories

Linear Processing

Linear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

Your Linear Analysis

When processing information using this method, you will occasionally feel the need to see the “whole picture” before you are able to achieve results. At other times, you are able to piece all of the parts together in a straight and logical progression to form a whole, which then enables you to understand what you have processing. The information, your mood, and your level of comfortable are all factors that determine your response to a linear processing problem.

Symbolic Processing

Symbolic processing is a method associated with the left hemisphere that is used for processing the information of pictures and symbols. The majority of functions associated with academics involve symbols such as letters, words, and mathematical notations. This process is what aids you to excel in tasks such as linguistics, mathematics, and memorizing vocabulary words and mathematical formulas.

Your Symbolic Analysis

You have the ability to process the information of symbols at times, but you may need to first view the real object before you can understand what you are trying to process. For example, in solving math problems it occasionally helps you to “draw out” the problem, which allows you to better understand it through visualization. At other times you do not need visualization to aid you in forming your answers.

Logical Processing

Logical processing is a method that is used by the left hemisphere to take information piece by piece and put it all together to form a logical answer. When information is received through reading or listening, the left hemisphere will look for different bits of information that will allow it to produce a logical conclusion. This aspect of the left hemisphere is what aids you in solving math problems and science experiments.

Your Logical Analysis

When processing information using this method, you may consider the information before you and produce a logical answer, or you may tend to go with your gut. You may discover that you can “guess” your way through S.A.T. questions about as accurately as you can deduce them. It is important that you nurture your ability to use logic whenever it is needed, but do not neglect other methods of processing information if you hit a logical roadblock.

Sequential Processing

Sequential processing is a method used by the left hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed in order from first to last. Information is processed in a systematic, logical manner. Through sequential processing, you can interpret and produce symbolic information such as language, mathematics, abstraction, and reasoning. This process is used to store memory in a language format. Activities that require sequential processing include spelling, making a “to-do” list, and many aspects of organization.

Your Sequential Analysis

You tend process information you receive without any priority as to which is processed first, last, or any place in between. It is difficult for you to learn or perform tasks involving sequence. For example, spelling is a task that involves sequence and you may experience problems remembering exact spelling or any type of rote memorization, for that matter. Creating daily lists and plans are probably not activities you enjoy. If you are having problems with tasks involving sequence, there are methods you can use to improve your skills. One method involves using colors to learn sequence. You assign a color to each task. For example, you may want to make the first step green, the second step blue, and the last step red. This helps because the right side of the brain, your dominant side in this case, is sensitive to colors. The important thing to remember is that consistently using the same sequence will help you both improve and recognize that this strategy can be used in many different circumstances involving sequence.

Verbal Processing

Verbal processing is a method used by the left hemisphere to process our thoughts and ideas with words. For example, through verbal processing, a left-brained person giving directions may say, “From this point continue east for two miles and turn north onto Bellevue Road. Continue north on Bellevue Road for seven miles and turn west on Main Street”. With verbal processing, exact, logical directions are given in a very sequential manner compared to a right-brained person who, in giving the same directions, would use more visual landmarks.

Your Verbal Analysis

You are not a verbal person. When you process your thoughts, you tend to use very few words, preferring instead to illustrate a problem or solution. You often find yourself in situations where it is hard for you to “find the right words.” Upon reading or hearing new information, you must first create a “mental video” before you can process and understand the information of your thoughts. For example, when giving directions, you probably use many gestures with your hands such as pointing and leaning, and also refer to visual structures such as “a McDonalds” or “the big tree” instead of street names or exact mileage.

Reality-based Processing

Reality-based processing is used by the left hemisphere as a method for processing information with a basis on reality. This processing tool focuses on rules and regulations. An example of this would be how a left-brained person would completely understand the repercussions of turning in a late assignment or failing a test. A left-brained person also usually easily adjusts to changes in their environment.

Your Reality-based Analysis

The information you process may lack a basis on reality, but it does open the door to creativity. You do not show much focus for rules and regulations and do not adjust well to change in the environment. In fact, upon experiencing change in the environment, it spurs you to try to change it yourself instead of adjusting to it. Whenever you become emotionally involved in project you are more likely to learn and succeed.

Right Brain Categories

Intuitive Processing

Intuitive processing is a method that is used by the right hemisphere to process information based on if it “feels” right or not. For example, a right-brained person may choose an answer on a test because they had a “gut” feeling and often they will be correct. Another example of this is how a right-brained person will know the correct answer to a math problem but will not understand the procedure of how they arrived at the correct answer. A right-brained person will usually have to start with the answer and work their way backwards in order to be able to see and understand the parts and process that create the whole.

Your Intuitive Analysis

When processing information, at times you are able to go with your “gut” instincts. At other times you may doubt your instincts, or prefer to put information together piece by piece to form your conclusion. You should be careful not to ignore your intuition, but at the same time do not solely rely on it.

Random Processing

Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colors since the right hemisphere is sensitive to color. For example, you may want to associate the first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks involving sequence.

Your Random Analysis

You have some ability to process data randomly. You are at times able to make “leaps of logic” and discover unique things by thinking “outside of the box.” However, you may tend to ignore your random processing thoughts unless you are desperate for a solution. It is important you recognize this skill as not grasping at straws, but a viable way to discover new ways of approaching a problem.

Fantasy-oriented Processing

Fantasy-oriented processing is used by the right hemisphere as a method for processing information with creativity. It focuses much less on rules and regulations than the processing method of a left-brained person. Due to the fantasy-oriented processing mechanism of a right-brained person, they do not adjust well to change. Instead of adapting to the change in the environment, a right-brained person attempts to change it back to the way they liked it. But fantasy-oriented processing also provides the advantage of creativity to right-brained individuals, and since emotion is integral of the right side of the brain, anything a fantasy-oriented person becomes involved in emotionally will aid their ability to learn.

Your Fantasy-oriented Analysis

You have the ability to use both creativity and reality to process the information you receive. This is a unique gift that allows you to both focus on rules and regulations but to also act with creativity. You are able to adjusting to change, even though you might not like it, and you can become emotionally involved in your work if it interests you.

Holistic Processing

Holistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.

Your Holistic Analysis

You show some ability to process data holistically, starting with the whole and working backwards to find the parts, which inform the whole, to form your conclusion. When you process information in a linear manner you are able to start with the parts and work up to form the whole. It is important to be comfortable with both methods, as both are equally necessary in the learning process.

Concrete Processing

Concrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by “drawing it out” because it allows them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it is for them to understand it.

Your Concrete Analysis

At times, you feel the need to see a real object in order to understand it. At other times, you are able to understand a problem on a symbolic level. For example, you may find that in solving math problems, it occasionally helps you to “draw out” the problem in order to understand and solve it.

Nonverbal Processing

Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to “find the right words” in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, “Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.” With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.

Your Nonverbal Analysis

You have little ability in nonverbal processing. When you process your thoughts and ideas you mainly use words instead of illustrations. For example, if you were giving directions you may say, “Continue traveling west for 3 miles and turn north at the intersection.” You would give exact, logical directions in a very sequential manner.