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Health Benefits of Durian

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 15, 2009

durian

Durian is an exotic, expensive, and seasonal fruit that has rich content of phytonutrients, antioxidant, protein, vitamins and minerals. Durian can give more spirit and energy to your days because it has high calories and carbohydrate (both are good source of energy). Main ingredients that contribute a lot to the benefits are Organosulfur Compounds and Tryptophan, but there other healthy components like dietary fiber and protein. Yet, durian does not have cholesterol. Many folk medications use durian’s leaves and roots to treat fever.

The Organosulfur has benefits as followed.

  1. To inhibit the formation of blood clots, thus prevent from heart attack and stroke.
  2. To control the inflammatory enzymes, thus also prevent from cardiovascular disease.
  3. To act as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial.
  4. To help you get good complexion, healthy hair, glowing skin, better brain function.
  5. To treat muscles soreness, enhance balance blood sugar, reduce stiffness and pain, and improve joint flexibility.

The tryptophan or L-Tryptophan has benefits as followed.

  1. To treat anxiety, bulimia, depression, insomnia, migraine, nightmares, compulsive disorder, and stress.
  2. To help you get better sleep, especially if you take some calcium with it.
  3. To help the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual syndrome, suicidal related depression, and pain release.

Some people can not stand the smell of durian, while the rest love it so much. It tastes like heaven for those who love, even just by smelling the odor will make people curious. Countries in Asia are main producers of durians. They are Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Philippine, and some others. There are hundreds variants of durians, but only some are heavily planted and sold. If you buy durians, you would want to choose ones that are big, fresh, fully ripen, and have solid stems. It is usually fully ripen in 2 to 4 days after falling from the tree, the best time to enjoy the flesh.

Health Benefits

  • Raises serotonin levels…Creates an over-all sense of well being and aids in depression.
  • It has a high amount of protein and amino acids (22 out of 24)…Good for muscle building and organ function.
  • High in antioxidants…For anti-aging benefits including enhancing the appearance of your skin.
  • It has the most complete nutritional profile of any fruit…Certain groups of people in Asia live on it, and nothing else, for up to 2 months at a time.
  • It has the most complete nutritional profile of any fruit…Certain groups of people in Asia live on it, and nothing else, for up to 2 months at a time.
  • It is power packed with nutrients, including essential fatty acids and organo-sulfur compounds…For increased energy, endurance, mental clarity, and cellular health.
  • It enhances libido…It helps revitalize the desire for sexual intimacy
  • Rich history of traditional uses…Anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, Thermogenic, calms fever, aids healing of swelling and skin diseases
  • It has the most complete nutritional profile of any fruit…Certain groups of people in Asia live on it, and nothing else, for up to 2 months at a time.

Drinking Durian For Beauty

According to David Wolf’s “Eating for Beauty”

Durian contains high levels of tryptophan. This is an amino acid and a tryptamine (similar to serotonin, melatonin, and DMT). Researchers have discovered that tryptophan helps both anxious, depressed, repressed people, as well as insomniacs. Tryptophan works by raising serotonin levels in the brain. When serotonin levels increase, a euphoric feeling is felt as a free passage is cleared for nerve impulses to travel.

Durian is such a strong blood cleaner that eating a few durian a day can change the odor of urine (urine is filtered out of blood).

What gives durian its strongest beautifying characteristics is its high concentration of raw oleic fats (and vitamin E), sulphur compounds, and soft proteins. Durian actually contains one of the highest concentrations of protein of any fruit, making it an excellent muscle builder.” Organic sulfur

compounds among other properties in durian are very cleansing for the body.

Durian provides “more concentrated healthful energy in food form than any other product the world affords” – to keep the body vigorous and tireless; the mind alert with faculties undimmed; the spirit youthful.

Nutritive Value per 100 g

  • Vitamin A: 20-30 I.U.
  • Ascorbic Acid: 23.9-25.0 mg
  • Vitamin E: “high”
  • Calcium: 7.6-9.0 mg
  • Phosphorus: 37.8-44.0 mg
  • Potassium: 436 mg
  • Thiamine: 0.24-0.352 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.20 mg
  • Niacin0.6: 83-0.70 mg
  • Iron: 0.73-1.0 mg
  • Sugars(approx.) 12.0 g
  • Protein: 2.5-2.8 g
  • Fat: 5.33g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30.4-34.1 g
  • Calories: 144

Health Benefits of Mulberry

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 14, 2009
Nutritional Value of Mulberry
  • Carbohydrate (in the form of sugars, mainly glucose and fructose) – 7.8 to 9.2%
  • Protein (with essential amino acids) – 15% to 28%
  • Fatty acids like linoleic, stearic, and oleic acids – 0.4 to0.5%
  • Malic acid, producing sour taste – 1.1 to1.9%
  • Fiber – 0.9 to1.4%
  • Calcium – 1.8 to 2.4%
  • Phosphorus – 0.14 to 0.24%
  • Potassium – 1.90 to 2.87% in leaves, 1.33 to1.53% in young stems
  • Magnesium – 0.47 to 0.63% in leaves, 0.26 to 0.35% in young stems 
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Mulberry 
  • Mulberry can balance internal secretions and enhance immunity. It promotes proper body fluid production. People suffering from body fluid deficiency could take ten grams of mulberry daily with water.
  • Mulberry is useful for the persons who use their eyes a lot during work. Regular consumption of mulberry strengthens eyesight.
  • Presence of nutritious elements like minerals and vitamins in mulberry helps in curing chronic diseases.
  • Mulberry is helpful for proper gastric juice secretion.
  • Regular use of Mulberry enhances appetite, and also improves the ability for digesting and assimilating.
  • Mulberry could be used to fight problems like chronic gastritis and chronic hepatitis.
  • Regular consumption of mulberry juice would be helpful in curing health problems like anemia, pallor, dizziness, heart-palpitations and insomnia.
  • Persons with graying hair can also get benefited by regular intake of Mulberry. Mulberry juice applied directly on head also promotes healthy growth of hair and blackening.
  • Nutritious value of Mulberry enriches the blood and in the process, soothes the nerves.
  • Mulberry could be helpful in promoting the metabolism of alcohol.
  • Mulberry helps in containing hypertension.
  • Regular intake of Mulberry strengthens body parts like liver and kidney.
  • Mulberry is helpful in treating constipation.
  • Mulberry is instrumental in eliminating abdominal distention.
  • Intake of mulberry juice after any surgery is restorative.
  • Mulberry is helpful in recuperating after long-time sickness.
  • Consumption of Mulberry after childbirth is good for women’s health.
  • Use of Mulberry keeps low cholesterol level in the body.
  • Mulberry can suppress mutagenesis of carcinogens.
  • Regular use of Mulberry prevents cancer of liver.
  • Mulberry is helpful in reducing level of blood sugar.

MULBERRY LEAF POWDER CONTAINS FULL SPECTRIUM CHEMICALS ACTIVITIES IN PHARMACEUTICAL APPLICATIONS:

ACE-Inhibitor Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (+)-GALLOCATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, (-) EPIGALLOCATECHIN, AFZELIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, ASTRAGALIN, ISOQUERCITRIN, QUERCITRIN, ZINC.

Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor Activity:
(-)-EPIGALLOCATECHIN, 6-(PENTADECYL)-SALICYLIC-ACID, ACACETIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, ASCORBIC-ACID, ASTRAGALIN, DAUCOSTEROL, ISOQUERCITRIN, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, P-COUMARIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, VANILLIC-ACID.

AntiHIV Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, APIGENIN, LUTEOLIN, MYRICETIN, OPCS, PROCYANIDIN, QUERCETIN, TANNIN.

Antiacne Activity:
(-)-EPIGALLOCATECHIN, ANACARDIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, LINOLEIC-ACID, PUFA, SELENIUM, THYMOL, ZINC.

Antiaging Activity:
APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BILOBALIDE, CHROMIUM,
QUERCETIN.

Antialzheimeran Activity:
CHOLINE, QUERCETIN, THIAMIN, ZINC.

Antianginal Activity:
MAGNESIUM, NIACIN.

Antianxiety Activity:
CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM, TRYPTOPHAN.

Antiarrhythmic Activity:
APIGENIN, GINKGOLIDE-B, MAGNESIUM, POTASSIUM, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCITRIN.

Antiarteriosclerotic Activity:
HISTIDINE, LINOLEIC-ACID, SILICON.

Antiarthritic Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, COPPER, LINOLEIC-ACID, MAGNESIUM, PANTOTHENIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, THYMOL.

Antiasthmatic Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, GINKGOLIDE-A, GINKGOLIDE-B, GINKGOLIDE-C, GINKGOLIDES, MAGNESIUM, OPCS, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN,

Antiatherogenic Activity:
LUTEOLIN, OPCS, RUTIN.

Antiatherosclerotic Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, CALCIUM, CHROMIUM, CITRIC-ACID, LUTEIN, MAGNESIUM, MALIC-ACID, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, QUERCETIN, RUTIN,
THYMOL.

Antibiotic Activity:
CYSTEINE, OPCS, PROCYANIDIN, PRODELPHINIDIN.

Anticancer Activity:
ALPHA-CAROTENE, BETA-CAROTENE, BUTYRIC-ACID, ISOQUERCITRIN, KAEMPFEROL, RUTIN, SHIKIMIC-ACID, TANNIN, VANILLIC-ACID.

Anticancer (Lung) Activity:
ALPHA-CAROTENE, APIGENIN, BETA-SITOSTEROL.

Anticarcinogenic Activity:
(-)-EPIGALLOCATECHIN, LUTEOLIN.

Anticarcinomic (Breast) Activity:
QUERCETIN

Anticataract Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, CYSTEINE, LUTEOLIN, METHIONINE, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RIBOFLAVIN, RUTIN, ZINC.

Anticoagulant Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, CITRIC-ACID, D-CATECHIN.

Anticoronary Activity:
BETA-CAROTENE, LINOLEIC-ACID, MAGNESIUM, SELENIUM, ZINC.

Antidepressant Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM, PHENYLALANINE, POTASSIUM,
QUERCETIN, TRYPTOPHAN.

Antidiabetic Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, CHOLINE, CHROMIUM, COPPER, FIBER, FRUCTOSE, GLUCOMANNAN, MAGNESIUM, MANGANESE, PINITOL, QUERCETIN, RUTIN, XYLOSE, ZINC.

Antiedemic Activity:
AMENTOFLAVONE, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GINKGETIN, GLUCOSE, OPCS, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, PROCYANIDIN, QUERCITRIN,
RUTIN, SCIADOPITYSIN.

Antiestrogenic Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-SITOSTEROL, LUTEOLIN, QUERCETIN.

Antifatigue Activity:
PANTOTHENIC-ACID, POTASSIUM, THIAMIN, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antiflu Activity:
ERGOSTEROL, P-CYMENE, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN.

Antiglaucomic Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, MAGNESIUM, RUTIN.

Antihepatotoxic Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, GLUCOSE, P-COUMARIC-ACID, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID,
QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, STIGMASTEROL, TANNIN.

Antiinflammatory Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, AMENTOFLAVONE, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-SITOSTEROL, COPPER, GINKGETIN, GINKGOLIDES, ISOQUERCITRIN, ISORHAMNETIN,
KAEMPFEROL, LINOLEIC-ACID, LUTEOLIN, MAGNESIUM, MUFA, MYRICETIN, OLEIC-ACID, OPCS, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN,
QUERCETIN-3-RHAMNOGLUCOSIDE, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, SCIADOPITYSIN,
STIGMASTEROL, THYMOL, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antileukemic Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, APIGENIN, ASTRAGALIN, BETA-SITOSTEROL, DAUCOSTEROL, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, P-COUMARIC-ACID, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, SELENIUM, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antimelanomic Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-IONONE, LUTEOLIN, QUERCETIN, RUTIN, SELENIUM, THYMOL.

Antimigraine Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, MAGNESIUM, RIBOFLAVIN, THIAMIN, TRYPTOPHAN.

Antimutagenic Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (+)-GALLOCATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, (-)-EPIGALLOCATECHIN, ACACETIN, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-EUDESMOL, BETA-SITOSTEROL, CITRIC-ACID, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, MYRICETIN, NONACOSANE, P-HYDROXY-BENZOIC-ACID, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN,
TANNIN.

Antiobesity Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, CHROMIUM, FIBER, OPCS, ZINC.

Antioxidant Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (+)-GALLOCATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, (-)-EPIGALLOCATECHIN, ALANINE, AMENTOFLAVONE, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-SITOSTEROL, BILOBALIDE, BILOBETIN, CAMPESTEROL, CYSTEINE, GAMMA-TOCOPHEROL, GINKGETIN, GINKGOLIDE-A, GINKGOLIDE-B, GINKGOLIDE-C, GINKGOLIDE-J, GINKGOLIDES, HISTIDINE, ISOQUERCITRIN, ISORHAMNETIN, KAEMPFEROL,
LAURIC-ACID, LUTEIN, LUTEOLIN, METHIONINE, MYRICETIN, MYRISTIC-ACID, OPCS, P-COUMARIC-ACID, P-HYDROXY-BENZOIC-ACID, PALMITIC-ACID, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, SCIADOPITYSIN, SELENIUM, SHIKIMIC-ACID,
STIGMASTEROL, SUCROSE, TANNIN, THYMOL, TRYPTOPHAN, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antiparkinsonian Activity:
ASCORBIC-ACID, METHIONINE, NIACIN, PHENYLALANINE, TRYPTOPHAN, TYROSINE.

Antiprostaglandin Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, ANACARDIC-ACID, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GINKGOIC-ACID,
GINKGOLIC-ACID, TRYPTOPHAN.

Antirheumatic Activity:
THYMOL, TRYPTOPHAN, ZINC.

Antisickling Activity:
3,4-DIHYDROXYBENZOIC-ACID,ASPARAGINE, GLYCINE, HOMOSERINE, P-HYDROXY-BENZOIC-ACID, PHENYLALANINE, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antispasmodic Activity:
APIGENIN, DAUCOSTEROL, GINKGETIN, ISORHAMNETIN, KAEMPFEROL, KAEMPFEROL-3-RHAMNOGLUCOSIDE, LUTEOLIN, NIACIN, P-COUMARIC-ACID, POTASSIUM, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID,QUERCETIN, QUERCETIN-3-RHAMNOGLUCOSIDE, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN,SHIKIMIC-ACID, THYMOL, VALERIANIC-ACID.

Antistress Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-CAROTENE, GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC-ACID.

Antistroke Activity:
MAGNESIUM, PROANTHOCYANIDINS.

Antithrombotic Activity:
ANACARDIC-ACID, BILOBOL, CARDANOL, GINKGOLIDES.

Antitumor Activity:
ANACARDIC-ACID, APIGENIN, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-IONONE, BILOBOL,
BUTYRIC-ACID, CITRIC-ACID, CYSTEINE, DAUCOSTEROL, FIBER, GINKGOIC-ACID, GINKGOLIC-ACID, ISOQUERCITRIN, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, MALIC-ACID, P-COUMARIC-ACID, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, SELENIUM, SHIKIMIC-ACID, TANNIN, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antitumor (Breast) Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-SITOSTEROL, LUTEIN, QUERCETIN, SELENIUM, ZEAXANTHIN.

Antitumor (Colon) Activity:
BETA-CAROTENE, LUTEIN, LUTEOLIN, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN.

Antitumor (Lung) Activity:
APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-SITOSTEROL, LUTEOLIN, QUERCETIN, SELENIUM.

Antitumor (Skin) Activity:
APIGENIN, LUTEOLIN, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN,

Antitumor (brain) Activity:
LUTEOLIN, SELENIUM.

Antitumor-Promoter Activity:
ISOQUERCITRIN, KAEMPFEROL, QUERCETIN, RUTIN, SHIKIMIC-ACID, TANNIN, VANILLIC-ACID.

Antiulcer Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-EUDESMOL CYSTEINE, ELEMOL, FIBER, GINKGOLIDE-B, GLYCINE,
HISTIDINE, KAEMPFEROL, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, TANNIN, THREONINE, TYROSINE, ZINC.

Antiviral Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, AMENTOFLAVONE, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-SITOSTEROL, BILOBETIN, ERGOSTEROL, GINKGETIN, KAEMPFEROL, LAURIC-ACID, LUTEOLIN, MYRICETIN, NONACOSANE, OPCS, P-CYMENE, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, PROCYANIDIN, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, STIGMASTEROL, TANNIN.

Anxiolytic Activity:
APIGENIN, GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC-ACID, GLUTAMIC-ACID.

Cancer-Preventive Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, ALANINE, ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-IONONE, BETA-SITOSTEROL, CYSTEINE, D-CATECHIN, FIBER, GLYCINE, ISOQUERCITRIN, ISORHAMNETIN, KAEMPFEROL, LINOLEIC-ACID, LUTEOLIN, METHIONINE, MUFA, MYRICETIN, MYRISTIC-ACID, NIACIN, OLEIC-ACID, OPCS, P-COUMARIC-ACID, P-HYDROXY-BENZOIC-ACID, PANTOTHENIC-ACID,
QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, RIBOFLAVIN, RUTIN, SELENIUM, SERINE, SHIKIMIC-ACID, STIGMASTEROL, SUCCINIC-ACID, TANNIN, TYROSINE, VANILLIC-ACID.

Cardiotonic Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, D-CATECHIN, QUERCITRIN.

Cosmetic Activity:
BEHENIC-ACID, MYRISTIC-ACID, STEARIC-ACID.

Estrogenic Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-SITOSTEROL, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, QUERCETIN, STIGMASTEROL.

Hepatoprotective Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, ACACETIN, BETA-EUDESMOL, BETA-SITOSTEROL, CHOLINE, ISORHAMNETIN, KAEMPFEROL, LINOLEIC-ACID, LUTEOLIN, METHIONINE, NIACIN, PROANTHOCYANIDINS, QUERCETIN, RUTIN, TANNIN, ZEAXANTHIN.

Hypocholesterolemic Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-IONONE, BETA-SITOSTEROL, CALCIUM, CAMPESTEROL, CHROMIUM, COPPER, FIBER, GINKGOIC-ACID, GLUCOMANNAN, LINOLEIC-ACID, LUTEOLIN, MAGNESIUM, MUFA, OLEIC-ACID, RUTIN, STEARIC-ACID, STIGMASTEROL.

Hypotensive Activity:
ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, APIGENIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, ASTRAGALIN, CALCIUM, CHOLINE, CHROMIUM, FIBER, GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC-ACID,
ISOQUERCITRIN, KAEMPFEROL, MAGNESIUM, QUERCITRIN, RUTIN, TRYPTOPHAN, ZINC.

Hypoglycemic Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, ASCORBIC-ACID, BETA-SITOSTEROL, CHROMIUM, DAUCOSTEROL, MANGANESE, MYRICETIN, NIACIN, QUERCETIN, QUERCITRIN, TRYPTOPHAN.

Immunostimulant Activity:
(+)-CATECHIN, (-)-EPICATECHIN, ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, ASCORBIC-ACID,
ASTRAGALI, BETA-CAROTENE, PHOSPHORU, PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID, SELENIUM, ZINC.

Insulinogenic Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, CHROMIUM, MAGNESIUM, QUERCETIN, ZINC.

Inotropic Activity:
APIGENIN, KAEMPFEROL, QUERCETIN.

Neuroprotective Activity:
BILOBALIDE, GINKGOLIDE-A, GINKGOLIDE-B, GINKGOLIDES, KAEMPFEROL, QUERCETIN.

Pituitary-Stimulant Activity:
ARGININE

Roborant Activity:
ASPARTIC-ACID

Sunscreen Activity:
APIGENIN, OPCS, RUTIN.

Vasodilator Activity:
(-)-EPICATECHIN, ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID, APIGENIN, ARGININE, ASCORBIC-ACID, CALCIUM, FIBER, GINKGETIN, ISORHAMNETIN, KAEMPFEROL, LUTEOLIN, MAGNESIUM, MYRICETIN, NIACIN,POTASSIUM,
PROANTHOCYANIDINS, QUERCETIN, RUTIN.

Sedative Activity:
APIGENIN, BETA-EUDESMOL, GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC-ACID, NIACIN,
P-CYMENE, STIGMASTEROL, THYMOL, TRYPTOPHAN.

Guyabano: The fruit that heals

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 14, 2009
By Henrylito D. Tacio

 

“A MIRACULOUS natural cancer cell killer, 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.” That was how the forwarded e-mail described the fruits of sour sop or graviola (more popularly known here as guyabano or labana).

“What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells,” the e-mail said. “It does not harm healthy cells!” In addition, it “effectively targets and kills malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.”

According to the email, a research has been conducted and showed that the extracts from guyabano can “attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss.”

It also “protects your immune system and avoids deadly infections; feels stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment; and boosts your energy and improves your outlook on life.”

One wonders: Why are people not aware of this fact? The e-mail explained: “It’s because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.”

The US National Cancer Institute reportedly performed the first scientific research on graviola in 1976. The results showed that the plant’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Although the results were supposedly published in an internal report, it was never released to the public.

Whether the circulated e-mail is true or not, the guyabano (scientific name: Anona muricata) has been identified by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as one of the fruits that deserved attention.

The book Underexploited Tropical Plants with Promising Economic Value described it as “a tropical fruit with potential for development as a processed industrial commodity.”

Plants of the Philippines, published by the University of the Philippines in the 1970s, mentioned guyabano just in passing. “A relative of atis” is all you can read about the fruit in the 550-page book.

The heart shaped guyabano fruit has a dark green, leathery and spike like skin that measures from 8 to 12 inches long and can weigh up to 2.5 kilos. Ripe fruits are light yellow and soft. The creamy and delectable flesh contains from 60 to 100 black-brown seeds that are indigestible and non-edible.

Comparisons of the flavor of guyabano range from strawberry and pineapple mixed together to sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy roundness of flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana.

A native of tropical America, guyabano was introduced into the Philippines at an early date and is no cultivated in all parts of the Archipelago. The plant grows in any kind of soil, but a fairly deep, friable soil of volcanic origin is conducive to growth and fruiting. It thrives very well from sea level up to 500 meters above sea level.

Guyabano is one of the healthiest fruits known to man. The flesh of the fruit consist of a white edible pulp that is high in carbohydrates (particularly fructose) and considerable amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, potassium and dietary fiber.

Guyabano is low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. Not only is guyabano a good health food, it also taste delicious.

Aside from being eaten raw, the guyabano fruit is processed into candies, tarts, shakes, ice cream, and sherbets and other beverages. An assortment of punch and cocktail drinks can be made by mixing the nectar with wine rum or cola drinks or buko (fresh coconut) juice and ice.

In Indonesia, immature guyabano are cooked as vegetables or used in soup in Indonesia. In the northeastern part of Brazil, they are either roasted or fried.

The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses in countries where the plant is common. The sap of the young leaves may be applied directly on pimples to induce suppuration. The sap is also considered parasitical.

An alcoholic extract of the leaves, when distilled with steam, yields a small amount of essential oil. The portion of alcoholic extract which is soluble in water contains a large amount of potassium chloride together with dextrose tannins, amorphous products, and a small amount of an alkaloid substance which could not be crystallized. The leaves and roots also cure colic and convulsions.

To reduce fever, a decoction of leaves can be taken internally. It has the same effect as when leaves are added to bathing water. In the Caribbean, it is believed that laying the leaves of the guyabano on a bed below a sleeping person with a fever will break the fever by the next morning.

The crushed fresh leaves are also applied on skin eruptions for faster healing. A poultice of young guyabano leaves is applied on the skin to alleviate rheumatism and other skin infections like eczema. Applied during the healing of wounds, this can result in less or no skin scars.

The decoction can also be used as a wet compress on swollen feet and other inflammations. Poultice of mashed leaves and sap of young leaves are used for eczema and skin eruptions.

The guyabano leaves are believed to have tranquilizing and sedative properties. In the Netherlands Antilles, the leaves are placed inside pillows or placed on top of the mattress to induce a good night’s sleep. Boiling the leaves and drinking may help induce sleep.

Guyabano are also good in checking insect pests. Pulverizing the guyabano seeds and mixing it with soap and water can be used as an effective spray against caterpillars, armyworms and leafhoppers on plants. The petroleum ether and chloroform extracts of guyabano are toxic to black carpet beetle larvae. The seed oil kills head lice.

The bark of the guyabano tree has been used in tanning. The bark fiber is strong but, since fruiting trees are not expendable, is resorted to only in necessity. Bark, as well as seeds and roots, has been used as fish poison.

The wood is pale, aromatic, soft, light in weight and not durable. It has been used for ox yokes because it does not cause hair loss on the neck. Analyses of the wood in Brazil show cellulose content of 65 to 76 percent, high enough to be a potential source of paper pulp.

Here are some words of warning: Research carried out in the Caribbean has suggested a connection between consumption of guyabano and atypical forms of Parkinson’s disease due to the very high concentration of annonacin. On the other hand, the seeds contain 45 percent of yellow non-drying oil which is an irritant poison, causing severe eye inflammation.

“Guyabano seeds are toxic, and care must be taken to assure that all are removed before the pulp is processed,” the NAS reminds.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/guyabano-fruit-heals

‘Siling labuyo’ can be a potential shield vs cancer, expert says.

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 14, 2009

Publication: Manila Bulletin
Date: Monday, October 22 2007

Byline: Marvyn N. Benaning

Siling labuyo (Capsicum frutescens), the small but very hot pepper variety common in the country can be a potential shield against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataract and muscular degeneration.

Thus says Dr. Evelyn B. Rodriguez, a professor at 

the Institute of Chemistry at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB), who stressed the siling labuyo’s huge potential during a seminar on indigenous plants for health and wellness at the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) during the 19th National Research Symposium held in celebration of the 8th National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Week.

 

Known as chili pepper, siling labuyo is among the indigenous plants that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is promoting through the Indigenous Plants for Health and Wellness RDE Program of BAR.

The program aims to promote and highlight the importance of indigenous plants and their by-products.

The fruit of the siling labuyo is a popular condiment in sauces and dishes while its leaves are consumed as vegetable and is an ingredient for tinola, a popular chicken soup dish.

For centuries, the labuyo fruit has been used as an herbal treatment for arthritis and rheumatism and cure dyspepsia, flatulence and toothache.

“Phytochemicals are what people need to stay healthy,” Rodriguez stressed in her presentation.

Phytochemicals are chemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables and other edible plant species. These compounds act as anti-oxidants that are capable of metabolizing free-radicals in the body that cause cell death.

Carotenoids and phenolic acids are phytochemicals derived from siling labuyo.

Based on studies conducted by the team of Rodriguez, the anti-oxidant activity of siling labuyo extracts in terms of free radical scavenging activity is 60.1 percent, indicating its effectiveness as a treatment for certain medical conditions.

Rodriguez encouraged eating a variety of fruits and vegetables to acquire the phytochemicals needed to promote health and wellness.

Moreover, Rodriguez pointed out that more studies should be done on other indigenous plants like malunggay.

The potential disease-preventive mechanisms of pyhytochemicals in fruits and vegetables and their constituents are not limited to anti-oxidant activity alone.

Phytochemicals can also act in the modulation of detoxification enzymes, stimulation of the immune system, alteration of cholesterol mechanism and blood pressure reduction.

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Health Benefits of Sappan Wood

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 14, 2009

Sapan

Folkloric
Decoction of wood and bark used for tuberculosis, diarrhea, dysentery, postpartum tonic, skin infections. and anemia.
Seeds used for stomach aches and nervous disorders.
Decoction of wood used postpartum as tonic.

Others
Chiefly used as a dyewood, popular for coloring native fabrics.
In some parts of the Quezon province, a popular colorant for the coconut liquer, lambanog.

Studies
Antimicrobial: Aqueous extract study showed antimicrobial activity against methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) as well MRSA and suggests a potential to restore the effectiveness of B-lactam antibiotics against MRSA..
Immunosuppressive compenent: Brazilein, an important immunosuppressive component of CS showed inhibition of T cell proliferation and suppress mice humoral immune response.
Antioxidant:Study results showed significant antioxidant activities of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extracts.
Anticonvulsant:Study of aqueous MeOH extracts isolated pure compounds sappanchalcone and brazilin which showed remarkable anticonvulsant activity.
Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors:Study of MeOH extract of Vietnamese CS isolated neoprotosappanin and protosappanin A dimethyl acetal which showed xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity comparable to allopurinol.
Anti-allergic:Study of extracts of CS showed potent inhibitory activity against B-hexosaminidase release as marker of degranulation in rat basophilic leukemic cells. Among the compounds tested, sappanchalcone showed the most potent anti-allergic effect.
• Cardioactive effects of Brazilein:Brazilein obtained from CS ethanol extracts showed a positive inotropic action with little effect on heart rate and coronary perfusion, an effect achieved through inhibition of Na-K-ATPase system.

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Inhibitory effects of Caesalpinia sappan on growth and invasion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus / Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 91, Issue 1, March 2004, Pages 81-87 / doi:10.1016/j.jep.2003.11.017
(2) Brazilein, an important immunosuppressive component from Caesalpinia sappan L. / International Immunopharmacology
Vol 6, Issue 3, March 2006, Pages 426-432
/ doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2005.09.012
(3) Antioxidant Activity of Caesalpinia sappan Heartwood / Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin Vol. 26 (2003) , No. 11 1534
(4) Anticonvulsant compounds from the wood of Caesalpinia sappan L. / Archives of Pharmacal Research. Vol 23, Number 4 / August, 2000 / DOI 10.1007/BF02975445
(5) Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors from the Heartwood of Vietnamese Caesalpinia sappan / CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL BULLETIN
Vol. 53 (2005) , No. 8 984

(6) Anti-allergic activity of principles from the roots and heartwood of caesalpinia sappan on antigen-induced -hexosaminidase release / Phytotherapy Research
(7) Study on Cardioactive Effects of Brazilein /

Here’s a couple gems culled from the inbox chaff:

  • “Caesalpinia sappan, known as Sibukaw Tree, treats hepatitis problems. It also includes diabetes.”

Excerpt from reply or comment re sibukaw:

 

 

“with regards to sibukaw tree, it grow near our city and is sold by local streetside herbalist as a remedy to build blood. a decoction of the wood pieces are used. my friend told me that it cured a filipino doctor who came home from the u.s. because he was dying of cancer.”

Health Benefits of Garlic

Studies by competent multi-degreed scientists have shown beyond any reasonable doubt that consuming garlic generally has the following physical effects:

  • Garlic lowers blood pressure a little. (9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day.)
  • Garlic lowers LDL Cholesterol a little. (9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day.)
  • Garlic helps reduce atherosclerotic buildup (plaque) within the arterial system. One recent study shows this effect to be greater in women than men.
  • Garlic lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar.
  • Garlic helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of strokes and thromboses (Hemophiliacs shouldn’t use garlic.)
  • Garlic helps to prevent cancer, especially of the digestive system, prevents certain tumors from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumors.
  • Garlic may help to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body.
  • Raw Garlic is a potent natural antibiotic that works differently than modern antibiotics and kills some strains of bacteria, like staph, that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics.
  • Garlic has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
  • Garlic dramatically reduces yeast infections due to Candida species.
  • Garlic has anti-oxidant properties and is a source of selenium.
  • Eating garlic gives the consumer an enhanced sense of well being – it makes you feel good just eating it.
  • Garlic probably has other benefits as well.

Excerpts from Health Benefits and Medical Emergency Uses of Garlic

Benefits of Onion

Onion is being used for centuries not just to add flavor to foods but also for its therapeutic properties. Onion have an antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some people mixed vinegar with onion juice and apply it in their freckles and warts, it is believed that it can remove/reduce this skin problems.

Nutritive Values of Onions : Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A : 50 I.U.
  • Vitamin B :
  • Vitamin C : 9 mg.
  • Calcium : 32 mg.
  • Phosphorus : 44 mg.
  • Potassium : 300 mg.
  • Carbohydrates : 10.3 gm.
  • Protein : 1.4 mg.
  • Calories : 45

Onion is Benenificial in the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Influenza
  • Colds
  • Tuberculosis
  • Insomnia
  • Pneumonia
  • Antiallergy
  • Obesity
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Slightly laxative
  • High Blood Pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Prolong longevity
  • Helps destroy worms and other parasites.
  • Bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tube)
  • Neuritis (inflammation of the nerves)
  • Vertigo (inflammation of nerves)
  • Diuretic (increases the secretion of urine)
  • Diabetes mellitus – lowers blood sugar.
  • Valuable for the hair, nails of the fingers and toes, and for the eyes.
  • Sinus conditions – helps to drain mucus from the cavities and loosen phlegm.
  • Whether fresh or cooked onions have antiplatelet, adhesiveness, thus preventing thrombosis.
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