Uses Impact of Betel Leaf (Piper betle L.) on Public Health
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 5, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages: 408-410
Received: Sep. 26, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 11, 2015; Published: Sep. 13, 2017
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Md. Farid Hossain, School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Mustafa Anwar, Department of Surgery, Ibn Sina Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shaheen Akhtar, Department of Community Medicine, Shahabuddin Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sharker Md. Numan, School of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
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This review paper focus on the uses and health impact of betel leaf (Piper betle L.). The betel plant belongs to the family Piperaceae. Traditionally betel leaf is chewing after taking meal having significant medicinal properties and nutritional values. It contains some vitamins, minerals and produce enzyme that helps in digestion and work as mouth freshener. Literature shows that the leaf has a significant antimicrobial activity against broad spectrum of microorganisms. The betel leaf is predominantly consumed as betel quid, which is a mixture of substances areca nut, tobacco and lime. Some reports may suggest that betel quid has adverse health effects but most of the findings show that the betel leaf has many medicinal benefits and it has no adverse effects.
Betel Leaf, Betel Quid, Medicinal Value, Health Hazard, Importance
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Md. Farid Hossain, Mustafa Anwar, Shaheen Akhtar, Sharker Md. Numan, Uses Impact of Betel Leaf (Piper betle L.) on Public Health, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2017, pp. 408-410. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20170506.11
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