BUAH MERAH: POTENSI DAN MANFAATNYA SEBAGAI ANTIOKSIDAN

Inti Aritni Palupi, Martanto Martosupomo

BUAH MERAH: POTENSI DAN MANFAATNYA SEBAGAI ANTIOKSIDAN

Abstract


Red fruit (Pandanus conoideus Lam.) has been consumed by Papua community as their daily food and as traditional medicine. The people of Papua in rural community, especially for the people who lived near Jayawijaya mountain have muscular posture, strong stamina and resistant to diseases. They believe that this condition is due to the effect of red fruit. Red fruit contained carotenoid as its major active compound. Carotenoid is yellow, orange to red natural pigment which has ability as an antioxidant and provitamin A to inhibit many diseases.

Abstrak

Buah merah (Pandanus conoideus Lam) telah dikonsumsi oleh masyarakat Papua sebagai makanan seharihari dan sebagai obat tradisional. Masyarakat Papua yang hidup di pedesaan terutama yang dekat dengan pegunungan Jayawijaya mempunyai postur yang berotot, stamina yang kuat dan resistan terhadap penyakit. Mereka mempercayai itu adalah efek dari buah merah. Senyawa aktif buah merah yang paling banyak adalah karotenoid. Karotenoid adalah pigmen alami kuning, orange sampai merah yang mempunyai kemampuan sebagai antioksidan dan provitamin A untuk mencegah banyak penyakit.


Keywords


buah merah (Pandanus conoideus Lam), karotenoid, antioksidan.

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