Brawijaya University students develop anti-diabetic tea from salak peel

"The idea came from our initiative to harness salak peel which contains active ingredient of cinamic acid derivative," one of the students Mhas Agoes Triambada said.
Malang, E Java (ANTARA News) - Students of Agriculture Faculty of Brawijaya University of Malang developed anti-diabetic tea from the peel of tropical fruit salak (salacca zalacca).

"The idea came from our initiative to harness salak peel which contains active ingredient of cinamic acid derivative," one of the students Mhas Agoes Triambada said here Wednesday.

The cinamic acid derivative was a compound that could stimulate the regeneration of epithelial cells and having an important role in the healing of pancreas of the Type I diabetics, Triambada said.

The other active ingredients contained in the salak peel was pterostilbene, which helped lowering blood sugar, he said.

Triambada with the other four students namely Audisty Oktavian, Saraswati, Wildan Noor, and Rahayu named their salak peel tea "Litlak Tea" and sell it for Rp3,000 for a medium-sized glass.

The tea is available in some flavors, such as original, chocolate and vanilla.

The original flavor was intended for diabetics while the other flavor for non-diabetics.

"We hope our tea can be widely consumed as healthy and tasty drink especially for diabetics," Triambada said.

The students also invited any investors to join them in improving and developing the business opportunity offered by the tea.(*)

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