Marsilea crenata (Javanese: Semanggi, Thai: ผักแว่น) is a species of fern found in Southeast Asia. It is an aquatic plant looking like a four leaf clover. Leaves floating in deep water or erect in shallow water or on land. Leaflets glaucous, sporocarp ellipsoid, on stalks attached to base of petioles.
The leaves of Marsilea crenata are part of the East Javanese cuisine of Indonesia, especially in the city of Surabaya where they are served with sweet potato and Pecel spicy peanut sauce.
In Indonesia (Java), the Philippines (Bukidnon) and Thailand the young leaves of M. crenata are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They are eaten fresh in Thailand as a side dish with local hot and spicy dishes, and are also grazed by cattle when grass is scarce.
In the Philippines Marsilea crenata is applied medicinally for neurasthenia and oedema. In India it is used against leprosy, skin diseases, fever and blood poisoning. The large sporocarps of Australian species are ground into flour and eaten. M. crenata is also a popular aquarium plant and a potential aquatic garden plant. In many countries it is a noxious weed of irrigated rice.
Here are more of its health benefits:
>Boosts immune system: Boiled leaves contain immune boosting nutrients used in sickness recovery.
>Milk production in nursing mothers: Boiled leaves used to promote milk production in nursing mothers.
>Asthma: Leaves combined with honey and calamsi to treat cough and asthma
>Skin rejuvenation: Leaves is used as skin restorer to promote skin rejuvenation.
>Diabetes: It is also recommended for sufferers of diabetes
Source of calcium. Marsilea crenata is consumed to strengthen the bones especially for growing children and older people due ita high calcium content.
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