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88 Year Old Woman Recovering from Alzheimer’s and Diabetes Using Coconut Oil*

88 Year Old Woman Recovering from Alzheimer’s and Diabetes Using Coconut Oil*

By Carolyn 

Coconut Oil Lowers Blood Sugars Through Rubbing on Skin

I brought my 88 year old mother out of 7 years of nursing home neglect/abuse on February 14, 2016. I’ve been studying the effects of coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease.

She was taking 4 units Novolog insulin at meals and 10 units Lantas at night. After applying coconut oil all over her buttocks, vaginal area, feet and body, I noticed her sugars were continuing to lower without insulin shots. The first 2 days, I saturated her skin and added 1 teaspoon in protein shakes. Her sugars went from 300’s to 140.

Mother’s Health Makes Dramatic Improvement in 5 days

I am using it on her body after bathing in the morning and before bedtime only. I have not given her any oil in her drink other than first two days. Her sugar reading are running 118 – 140 without any shots now for 5 days.

I gave her an ice cream with 22 grams of sugar, this morning her cranberry juice has 36 grams sugar per 8oz. She ate scrambled eggs, sausage, 1 waffle with syrup and I checked her sugars again at noon – now after all that sugar and no insulin for 4 days, her reading was 121. I can only attribute this to the coconut oil rub down as this is the only thing I’ve done.

“She is Remembering People and Things that Have not Been Spoken of for Years”

My mother is diagnosed with stage 6 Alzheimer’s. She is speaking better and I gave her a Bible story book to read me yesterday and she could read it through with exception of a few words. My mother could not do this one week ago or for the last two years.

She is remembering people and things that have not been spoken of for years. I can now show her pictures and she can name people, even her children now. I’m thrilled!

The only question I have is that she is prescribed a statin drug every night before bed and I wonder if this statin drug can be harmful on top of all the coconut oil I rub into her skin? Can anyone advise any information regarding reactions using statin drugs and coconut oil together?

In this book we look at the problems and causes of Alzheimer’s as they are related to an epidemic of prescription drugs being marketed to seniors, and we look at the strong evidence for dietary intervention, starting with coconut oil.

We bring you the stories of 10 different families who saw Alzheimer’s lessened or reversed by adding coconut oil to their diet, which is representative of thousands of others who are experiencing similar results. We offer guidelines on usage and types of coconut oil to consider, as well as other non-drug tips for holistic geriatric care.

Our target audience is the millions of caregivers out there loving caring for our senior population who will find it difficult to get this information from their doctors or medical professionals not trained in these areas.

Source*

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Coconut (Cocos nucifera L)

The hoax at the bottom of Autism and Alzheimer’s

Drugs that Damage your DNA: When Dementia isn’t Alzheimer*

Modern Lifestyles, Thought and the Nature of Alzheimer

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Aloe Vera

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Aloe Vera

By Hwaa Irfan

The name comes from the Greek alsos, Arabic alloeh meaning bitter. Brought to attention in the Western world through the cosmetics industry in modern times, the genus Aloe has a long history The genus Aloe originated in southern Africa ~16 million years ago. Today, we are familiar with its wider role in alternative medicine.

Also known as Bitter Aloe(Aloe Forex), Red Aloe (English); iNhlaba (Zulu, South Africa); iKhala (Xhosa, South Africa), saber (Arabic)

The earliest known record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC. In Mecca, Saudi Arabia aloes can be found at the extremity of every grave, on a spot facing the epitaph, Burckhardt found planted a low shrubby species of Aloe whose Arabic name, , signifies patience as indicated by its nature: evergreen and requiring very little water, and the waiting-time between the burial and the resurrection morning. The ancient Greeks Dioscorides, Celsus and Pliny as well as Arab physicians used it medicinally. In the 10th century it was imported to Greece by the East Indian Company.

There are around 400 species of Aloe Vera. Today Aloe Vera plantations in the southern U.S. and Mexico include species other than Aloe Vera, so in modern Western culture all aloe plants and products are called “Aloe vera”. Their natural habitat is fairly arid and warm, and grows in sandy, rocky, and bushy locales. It feeds 98% on air and does not flourish with the application of fertilisers. With adaptation it grows in a wide and varied conditions.

Its tubular flowers, yellow to red in colour, grow in arrow-shaped clusters on spikes that are up to 3 feet tall (Moore, 2001). Aloe flowers in springtime. Its fruits are small and not particularly significant. In addition to propagating via seeds, it can reproduce by offsets, which may take root up to 6 feet away from the plant and grow into new plants (Moore, 2001).

In young plants and in the suckers which arise from the plant base, the leaves become bright green in colour, with irregular whitish spots on both sides. The thick fleshy leaves have no stem and are greenish – red in colour, and contain a gel known as aloe gel. Water-logging of soil may cause the leaves to pale and sunlight again restores the colour. Depending on the specie, the young leaf will have pale-green spots that disappear as it matures. The leaves appear sword-like with harmless small teeth-like spine that runs the length of the leaf. The old leaves do not fall off. Near the epidermis or outer skin of the fleshy leaves is a row of fibrovascular bundles which are filled with a yellow juice which exudes when the leaf is cut; this Polysaccharide-rich inner leaf mesophyll provides a reservoir of water to sustain photosynthesis during droughts. When it is desired to collect the juice, the leaves are cut off so the juice is drained off into tubs. This juice thus collected is concentrated either by spontaneous evaporation, or more generally by boiling until it becomes of the consistency of thick honey. On cooling, it is then poured into gourds, boxes, or other convenient receptacles, and solidifies.

The flowers are carried in a large candelabra-like flower-head. There is no calyx, the corolla is tubular, divided into six narrow segments at the mouth and of a red, yellow or purplish colour. The capsules contain numerous angular seeds. There are usually between five and eight branches, each carrying a spike-like head of many flowers. Flower colour varies from yellowy-orange to bright red. The variety “A. candelabrum” has six to twelve branches and the flowers have their inner petals tipped with white.

Flowering occurs between May – August, but in colder parts of the country this may be delayed until September. The flowers produce copious amounts of nectar attract many bird species Insects also visit the flowers which attracts more birds. In natural areas, monkeys and baboons will raid the aloes for nectar.

The main commercial producers today are the Dutch Antilles, the coastal areas of Venezuela and the subtropical regions of the U.S. and Mexico. The main supplier of Aloe Vera gel is the U.S. Aloe Vera has a bitter taste in the raw state, but this can be made more palatable by adding fruit juice. Aloe Vera gel is the inner leaf the Juice is the “Aloe Latex” a bitter substance found just under the skin of the leaf.

In the Western cosmetic and toilet industry, it is used as a base material for skin moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, sun lotions, makeup creams, perfumes, shaving creams, bath aids, and many other products. For pharmaceutical use as a laxative, the juice is taken from the tubules just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. It’s a bitter yellow and dried to become aloe granules that are dark brown in colour. Carrington Laboratories, U.S. have separated the polysaccharide, acemannan from Aloe vera which is is sold as “Carrisyn” and is being used for treatment of AIDS and Feline leukemia. The food industry uses Aloe in the manufacture of functional foods, especially health drinks, and as a bitter agent.

A large variety of varieties and preparations are used medicinally.

Chemical Properties differ according to the plant component, and area grown. There are over 130 chemical constituents and they include:

fatty acid

sterols

Sesquiterpene lactones

Flavonoids

Barbaloin (formerly called Socaloin and Zanaloin), (present in crystalline Aloes), (Cape Aloes contains 9%+ more)

Barbaloin (present in crystalline Aloes)

Aspartic acid

Aloetic acid

Formic acid

Palmitic acid

Estearic acid

Ascorbic acid (leaves)

Cineole oil

Pinene oil

Cariofilene oil

Aluminium (leaves)

Isobarbaloin (present in Aloes Forex), (present in crystalline Aloes)

Aloin amino acid

Aloesin amino acid

Arginine amino acid

Glycine amino acid

Glutamine amino acid

Histidine amino acid

Aloe Forex contains 20 more constituents

Medicinal Action:

Anti-oxidant

Anti-inflammatory

Anti-microbial

Anti-diabetic

Carcinogenic

Nutraceutical

Analgesic

Non-toxic

immune modulator

Anti-tumor

Anti-bacterial

Antifungal

Antiviral

Vermifuge

Laxative and Purgative

Digestive

Cholagogue

Antiseptic

Moisturizer

Regenerative

Anti-pyretic

Nutritional Content

Calcium

Magnesium

Potassium

Zinc

Phosphorus

Manganese

Selenium

Choline

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Serine amino acid (not in the leaves)

Thiamin

Leucine amino acid

Lysine amino acid

Methionine amino acid

Phenylalanine amino acid

Threonine amino acid

Valine amino acid

Tryptophan amino acid

Bradykinase (enzyme)

Catalase (enzyme)

Cellulase (enzyme)

Lipase (enzyme)

Copper

Iron

Rhodium

Iridium

Contraindications

Aloe Vera is generally non- toxic, but there always exceptions .

  • Aloe Vera supplements could result in intestinal spasms, dehydration or stomach cramps
  • Those on antiarrythimic medicine
  • Those on corticosteroids, licorice, or diuretics
  • People who suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • People who have undergone surgeries like laparotomy
  • People taking drugs with cardiac glycosides
  • Ingestion in pregnant and breast-feeding women, children younger than 12 years
  • Those who have inflammatory bowel disease
  • Elderly patients with suspected intestinal obstruction.

When buying from a store

Applications

In the West, the first case report of the beneficial effects of Aloe vera in the treatment of skin and wound healing was published in 1935, with fresh whole-leaf extract reported to provide rapid relief from the itching and burning associated with severe roentgen (radiation) dermatitis and complete skin regeneration (Collins and Collins 1935).

Blood

One study  showed that aloe vera actually contains vitamin B12, which is required for the production of red blood cells.

Digestive

Because Aloe Vera is natural, it works gently within the intestinal tract to help break down food residues that have become impacted and help clean out the bowel. When the bowel is cleaned out, it greatly reduces bloating, discomfort, and helps ease stress, which only leads to more attacks of irritable bowel syndrome.

Aside from being an excellent body cleanser, removing toxic matter from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon, aloe can also offer effective relief from more immediate ailments, such as indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut. It also strengthens the digestive tract and alleviates joint inflammation, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers.

Extremities

It improves joint flexibility and helps in the regeneration of body cells. It strengthens joint muscles, which therefore reduces pain and inflammation in weakened or aged joints.

Immune system

Gertrude Baldwin refers to “one polysaccharide, acemannan, is known for its ability to restore and boost the immune system by stimulating the production of macrophages and improving the activity of T-Lymphocytes by up to 50 %. Acemannan produces immune agents such as interferon and interleukin which help to destroy viruses, bacteria, and tumour cells. It improves cellular metabolism by normalizing cellular function and regulating the flow of nutrients and wastes in and out of the cells.  It knows how to destroy parasites and fungus. In some AIDS patients, it even protected the immune system from the toxic side effects of AZT”.

Infections

For bacteria, inner-leaf gel from Aloe Vera was shown to inhibit growth of Streptococcus and Shigella species in vitro.

Metastatic Cancer

The concomitant oral administration of 1 mL twice a day of Aloe vera tincture (10% Aloe vera and 90% alcohol) and 20 mg/day of melatonin compared to melatonin alone was studied in 50 patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumours for whom no other effective standard therapy was available. In the group treated with Aloe vera and melatonin combined, 12 of 24 patients had their disease stabilized compared to only 7 of 26 patients in the melatonin-only group. In addition, the percentage of individuals surviving 1 year was significantly higher with Aloe vera plus melatonin compared with melatonin treatment alone (Lissoni et al. 1998).

Skin

Aloe Vera has been especially helpful of patients with severe and various skin diseases. It acts as a rejuvenating action. It acts as a moisturizer and hydrates the skin. After being absorbed into the skin, it stimulates the fibroblasts cells and causes them to regenerate themselves faster. It’s the cells that that produce the collagen and elastin so the skin will get smoother and look younger. Lignins a constituent of the cellulose penetrates the toughened areas of the skin being beneficial for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.

Aloe vera has been reported to accelerate postoperative wound healing in periodontal flap surgery (Payne 1970). n a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial of 28 healthy adults, aloin was reported to have a laxative effect compared to a placebo that was stronger than the stimulant laxative phenolphthalein (Chapman and Pittelli 1974). In subjects with chronic constipation, a novel preparation containing Aloe vera, celandine, and psyllium was found to improve a range of constipation indicators (bowel movement frequency, consistency of stools, and laxative dependence) in a 28-day double-blind trial; however, the effect of Aloe vera alone was not investigated in this study (Odes and Madar 1991).

A team of plastic surgeons compared Aloe vera gel to 1% silver sulphadiazine cream for the treatment of second degree burn wounds. The burn wounds among the patients treated with Aloe vera healed remarkably earlier compared to those treated with 1% silver sulfadiazine (SSD). – Journal of Pakistan Medical Association

When applied topically, the gel acts as best moisturizer, removes dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin.

Ulcerative Colitis A two year trial at the Neath, Morriston and Singleton hospitals in Swansea for use of Aloe Vera involved 44 patients suffering from Ulcerative Colitis has been completed at the Royal London Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The trial was completed in January 2004 and an improvement found in 38% of Patients given Aloe Vera gel as opposed to 8% given a placebo.

  • In Cape Town, South Africa Aloe Ferox is as a laxative, wound healing, and for arthritis.
  • In Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean it is used for hypertension.
  • Mexican-Americans used it for Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

One of the home remedies for asthma was to boil some Aloe Vera leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapour.

Drinking Aloe vera juice allows the body to cleanse the digestive system. It encourages the bowels to move and helps with elimination if a person is constipated. And if you have diarrhoea, it will help slow it down.

Sources:

“Aloe Vera”. legacy.earlham.edu/~banvael/aloevera.html

Foster. M, Hunter. D, and Samman, Samir. “Evaluation of the Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Aloe vera” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92765/

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The Sahrawi of Morocco: When Medicine is What is Within Your Hands

The Sahrawi  of Morocco: When Medicine is What is Within Your Hands

By Hwaa Irfan

There is nothing unusual about this, accept that in a nation that has removed that power, that self knowledge so that one becomes unaware of one’s own body, one’s own health needs, and one’s true physiological ecology, one becomes reliant on those who have disempowered you. Many of us will not see it like that until one realizes that the very conditions that one lives under is the reason for one’s state of dis-ease, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That may be the direct consequence of imposed lifestyle choices, or it may be the result of one’s reaction to what has become pervasive.

For the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi people, the years of self determination have been replaced by a struggle with the state, a struggle that many are now finding themselves engulfed in as the very props  that have determined our lives fall away. For the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi, the struggle for independence up until a 1991 cease-fire with Morocco resulted in many fleeing to Algeria, to live in Polisaro Front-run refugee camps, Polisario Front being the rebel group that fought for the independence of their people.

Irish-born photographer Andrew McConnell captured many of the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi on film, like Djimi Elghalia Vice president of the Saharawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations Committed by the Moroccan State (ASVDH), now aged 48:

Djimi Elghalia

“My family was among many who fled the climate and social conditions in Western Sahara to look for work in Morocco. A lot of Sahrawi/Sahrauoi used to stay at our home, and because of this, my grandmother was arrested in 1984. She was 60. We never saw her again. In 1986, I moved to El Aaiún for work. The next year, I was arrested along with 500 others for trying to organize a demonstration on independence. They interrogated me and used physical and psychological torture. They would put chemicals in my hair, which made me faint. I was electrocuted on the arms and back and was bitten by dogs. I was released in 1991 along with 324 people, some of whom had been held since the invasion.”

Dada Mohammed Kehel:

“I was born in Smara, [a refugee camp] in the occupied territory [of Western Sahara] in 1955. I remember the valleys and little houses. I felt free there; even the wind smelt of freedom. I used to go to school with Spanish children. The Spanish had everything: cars, diggers. They made roads. When they left, they buried the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi. We felt stabbed in the back. When Morocco invaded, I ran with my family. It was a surprise, because nobody had radios. Some fled on foot and others on camels, but many were caught. I spent a lot of time in the camps. I hated it there, I felt like a tourist of Algeria. So after the cease-fire, I moved to the liberated territory. We are free here and I love it, but there are difficulties.”

The Western Sahara desert or the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) may receive upto 4.5 cm of rain annually. If one knows how extreme the temperatures in the desert can get, then from 60˚C (150 ° F) to freezing at night does not sound unusual. SADR borders the North Atlantic Ocean between Mauritania and Morocco.

Not estranged from their environment like city dwellers, the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi depends on pastoral nomadism, fishing, and phosphate mining as the principal sources of income for the population. However, all trade and other economic activities are controlled by the Moroccan Government. Added to this insult, one that is familiar to a indigenous peoples, the Moroccan Government signed contracts in 2001 for oil to exploration off the coast of Western Sahara.

The Sahrawi/Sahrauoi are semi-nomadic and Berber. Their Arab inheritance can be traced back to the 15th Century when tribes migrated from Yemen across North Africa and settled in Western Sahara.

In SADR, there are four refugee camps on a desert plateau called Hamada, near the Algerian city of Tindouf. A population of 165,000 Sahrawi/Sahrauoi with 20 years of practice live in what has become well organized refugee camps of canvas tents and mud brick huts.

Democracy is innately a part of their culture in that no single tribe has power over others, and all are represented in an overall governing body. Peaceful solutions are friendly way or by compensation through Islamic law. However, intrinsic to Arabism is racism, so the darker skinned members are not treated the same.

Over the years, they have improved their quality of life by developing an informal economy that includes marketing of many products through trade routes with Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, and Spain. Some of  those products are traditional ethnobiological, which have helped to maintain their medicinal traditions.

Acacia ehrenbergiana of the plant family Fabaceae are used to treat eye infections and conjunctivitis. The leaves are dried, powdered and tAcacia ehrenbergiana riturated for wounds, and the resin known as el elk tamat is used for eye problems.

Anastatica hierochuntica of the Brassicaceae plant family is used in the treatment of vitiligo/white spots on the skin, mycotic skin infections, particularly the hands and nails. The aerial parts are dried, triturated, and boiled in water, and it is used as a topical application. When cooled and dried, the plant material is triturated and mixed with water to form a plaster for the treatment.

Argania spinosa of the Sapotaceae plant family is used to strengthen the hair and against aging.  The bulez oil is extracted from the seeds and applied as a cream.

Balanites aegyptiaca  of the Balanitaceae plant family is used as a mouth wash for the treatment of mouth and skin infections -mycosis, and spots. The fruit is roasted and peeled for its oil which is applied to the skin. The ashes from the burnt fruit are mixed with the oil and applied topically as a mouth wash, with the infusion of the peel and leaves.

Beta patellaris of the Chenopodiaceae plant family is used to treat otitis/ear infection in children by extracting the oil from the seeds.

Caylusea hexagyna of the Resedaceae plant family is used to perfume the hair, to treat lice, and as a dressing which stays on the hair for 24 hours to treat hair loss and to stimulate hair growth.  Fresh aerial parts are pounded, to extract the juice, which is then mixed with oil/fat.

Commiphora africana of the Burseraceae plant family is used to clean the teeth, as an antiseptic for wounds and skin infections, and as a smudge for protection against the evil eye.  The stems and resin are used triturated.

Mesembryanthemum cryptanthum of the Aizoaceae plant family is used as soap.  The  green aerial parts are pounded and then mixed with water.

Pergularia tomentosa of the Asclepiadaceae plant family is used in the treatment of  snakebites, scorpion stings, and boils. The leaves are dried, triturated and mixed with water and applied topically. The resin is used to get rid of warts.

Red hematite/ochre  is applied topically to reduce solar radiation into eyes, for cataract, conjunctivitis, abscesses, bone fractures and wounds.

These are but a few of the natural remedies the Sahrawi/Sahrauoi use.  What do you have in your kitchen cupboard that is not irradiated, processed or modified genetically that has a medicinal function?

Sources:

Macdonald, K. “A Light on the People of Western Sahara.” lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/a-light-on-the-people-of-western-sahara/

Volpato, G., Kourková, P., Zelený, V., “Healing war wounds and perfuming exile: the use of vegetal, animal, and mineral products for perfumes, cosmetics, and skin healing among Sahrawi refugees of Western Sahara.” Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2012, 8:49 doi:10.1186/1746-4269-8-49

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

By Hwaa Irfan

The Aloe barbadensis plant has been well used for centuries for health, medicinal and skin care. With some 240 species, the name Aloe Vera derives from the Arabic Fus-ha word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.”

The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” The ancient Greeks regarded Aloe Vera as the universal panacea. Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers’ wounds

By the early 1800s, Aloe Vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but a return to its true status occurred in the mid-1930s, when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.

Aloe Vera has many English local  names including Barbados Aloe as indicated by the Latinized form barbadensis. It is also known as kumari (Bengali, Sanskrit), and Single Bible (Jamaica) for example.

from the Portuguese, it is also known as Corossol epineux (France), aluguntungun (Ghana), Zuurzak (Holland), Sirsak (Indonesian); Zopote de viejas (Mexico), Mang cau xiem, Guanábana (Spanish),   (Vietnam), and Mundla (India).

Native to East and South Africa, Aloe b. this evergreen is a member of the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family of the plant kingdom, thus is classified as a shrub.

As a perennial with strong, fibrous roots, the leaves we are all familiar with are fleshy extending from the upper part of the root. In remote areas of S.W. Africa and Natal, Aloes can grow as much as 30 to 60 feet in height, with stems 10 feet in circumference. Each leaf is composed of three layers:

1) An inner clear gel that contains 99% water

2) The middle layer of latex which is the bitter yellow sap and contains anthraquinones and glycosides.

3) The outer thick layer of 15–20 cells called as rind which has protective function and synthesizes carbohydrates and proteins.

When cut, an opaque cooling gel exudes.

The yellow tubular flowers appear as erect, terminal spikes, and divides into six narrow segments at the mouth and of a red/yellow/purplish colour. The capsules contain numerous angular seeds.

The true Aloe is in flower during the greater part of the year and is not to be confused with another plant, the Agave or American Aloe (Agave Americana).

The main commercial producers today are Africa, Australia, US, the Caribbean, Central America, China, India, South America, and the Asian tropics.  Aloe vera leaf juice comes from the entire aloe vera leaf and grinding them up. Some commercial producers use enzymatic treatment is used (e.g. cellulase) to break down the rind and heavier-weight materials, and then the resulting slurry is filtered, usually with charcoal filtration, to remove any other unwanted materials such as the aloe latex (yellow, bitter tasting exudate that is a powerful laxative). The remainder is aloe vera leaf juice.
Aloe vera inner leaf juice is made by removing the rind prior to processing, and then rinsing away the aloe latex. The remaining, gelatinous inner-leaf material is then ground/crushed into aloe vera inner leaf juice.

The issue with many skin care products that market Aloe Vera content, is even if there is, the content is too little to be of any real benefit to the extent that there is an International Aloe Science Council.

Chemical Properties differ according to the plant component, and area grown. They include:

  • 5-P-coumaroylquinic acid
  • Aloe-emodin
  • Aloin
  • Apigenin 
  • Caffeic acid
  • caffeoylshikimic acid
  • Chlorogenic acid
  • Coumaric acid
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feruloylquinic acid
  • glycosylchromone aloeresin B
  • Isoorientin
  • Isovitexin
  • Kaempferol
  • Luteolin
  • Lutonarin
  • Pectic acid
  • Quercetin
  • Saponarin

A research team from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine found Aloe-emodin slows down the process of skin cell proliferation that accompanies skin cancer with human skin after radiation treatment.

A research team from South Korea’s Gachon University of Medicine and Science found Aloe-emodin slows down the growth of human liver cancer cells. Aloe-emodin stimulated a genetic change within the cancerous cells that not only halted their expansion, but induced cell death of tumour cells.

In 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Aloe Vera for the treatment of HIV as it stimulates the production of white blood cells.

In 2010, researchers from the China Medical University found Aloe stimulates the production of melanin and other protective factors that protect the skin from radiation and the progression of tumorous cells.

Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.

The Anthraquinones in the latex acts as a potent laxative by increasing intestinal water content, stimulating mucus secretion and increasing intestinal peristalsis.

The Mucopolysaccharides help in binding moisture into the skin. Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled. It also has cohesive effects on the superficial flaking epidermal cells by sticking them together, which softens the skin. The amino acids also soften hardened skin cells and zinc acts as an astringent to tighten pores.

The juice has become established as an effective colon cleanser, also cleansing the liver, kidneys, spleen, and bladder. Also, Aloe barbadensis is an…

 Anti-carcinogen  slows down progress of cancer, and kills cancer cells.

Alterative – cleanses the blood, and corrects presence of blood impurities

Antispasmodic – leaves, relieves spasms

Antiemetic – reduces vomiting

Anthelmintic – expels/destroys parasitic worms

Anti-Inflammatory – Reduces inflammation/swellings by helping the body to overcome the problem

Antiseptic – contains 6 antiseptic agents: Lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols and sulphur.

Bechic – Relieves of coughs

Calmative – Calms the nerves and skin

Carminative – Promotes the discharge and flow of bile from the gall bladder into the small intestines helping to disinfect the bowels.

Chemoprotective – Protects healthy tissues in chemotherapy

Cicatrisant – Closes wounds and forms scar tissue

Cytophylactic – Increases leucocytes to fight infection

Cytoprotective – protects healthy cells against harmful agents

Depurative – purgative/purifying

Diaphoretic – Promotes perspiration

Diuretic – Increases the secretion and flow of urine

Emmenagogue – Stimulates the menstrual flow

Expectorant – Causes and eases the bring-up of phlegm/mucus/sputum from the respiratory tract

Febrifuge – Reduces temperature

Haemostatic – stops bleeding

Hepatic Strengthens and tones the liver. Increases secretions in the liver.

Hypotensive – abnormally low blood pressure

Insecticide –  Repels insects

Odontalgic – Strengthens the teeth

Orexigenic – Induces the desire to eat

Pectoral –  Helps chest infections

Stomachic –Tones and cleans the stomach and improves the function of the digestive tract

Vulnerary – Prevents bleeding and cell degeneration

Vasodilator – Dilates the blood vessels

There are 8 known enzymesin Aloe barbadensis Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically..

In Jamaica, the leaves have been used as a natural soap that lathers with salt water as well as fresh water. Aloe Vera is classified as bitters in Jamaica. All herbs that are classified as bitters have a bitter taste and have strong healing properties. As a health drink, the leaf’s gel is soaked in coconut water which is electrolytic. Aloe, b. is also used to return to balance the flora of the intestinal tract, for ulcers, colds and flu, ulcers, gastroenteritis, constipation, diarrhoea, and to improve the condition of the skin and hair.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe, b. is used in the treatment of eye disease, tumours, enlarged spleen, liver complaints, nausea, bronchitis, and skin disease.

Nutritional Content

Includes:

  • Calcium
  • Choline
  • Chromium
  •  Copper
  • B12
  • Folic acid
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Contraindications

The commercial variety of Aloe barbadensis, has been known to cause reddening, burning, stinging, with allergic reactions in sensitive people to the anthraquinones content.

In balance He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

 Grundman, O. “Aloe Vera Gel Research Review.” naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?edition=1&section=2&article=356

Surjushe, A.  Vasani, R.  Saple, D.G. “Aloe Vera: A Short Review” Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163–166.

doi:  10.4103/0019-5154.44785 PMCID: PMC2763764

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Soursop (Annona muricata)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Soursop (Annona muricata)

 

By Hwaa Irfan

This little known fruit in the West, has been receiving praise recently and has been referred to has being better than chemotherapy. Popular in the Caribbean, Soursop has had many uses from fruit, to teas, juices, puddings, jams, salads, ice creams, custards etc., while the leaves have served a medicinal function.  Native to the Americas, namely, Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, northern South America, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, naturally it is known by a variety of names.

Also known as graviola from the Portuguese, it is also known as Corossol epineux (France), aluguntungun (Ghana), Zuurzak (Holland), Sirsak (Indonesian); Zopote de viejas (Mexico), Mang cau xiem, Guanábana (Spanish),   (Vietnam), and Mundla (India).

A member of the Annonaceae family of the plant kingdom, it should not be confused with other members like sugar apple (A. squamosa), cherimoya (A. cherimola), custard apple (A. reticulata).  Annona muricata is a small tropical evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 30 ft. It likes warmth and humidity, and lots of water. With shallow roots, it does need a deep soil base, but prefers well drained sandy soil, and can be disturbed by the strong seasonal winds that frequent the Caribbean summers. Despite its heavy fruit, the slender tree is drought tolerant branching low with upturned limbs. Rusty hairs cover the young branches. The smooth fragrant leaves are a glossy dark/blue  green on the upper surface, and a lighter green on the under surface. They are oblong, and are pointed at both ends.

The singular flowers can appear anywhere on the trunk, branches or twigs, and the tree will flower and fruit throughout the year, They have short stalks, along, are plump, and triangular-conical.  There are 6 outer fleshy yellow-green petals in groups of three, surrounding a cone –shaped mass of carpels and stamens that will develop into the fruit.

The oval- heart-shaped fruit can weigh up to 10 – 15 lbs. The fruit is compound, an aggregate of fruits that form from a single flower. The fruit is covered with a reticulated, leathery-appearing but tender, inedible, bitter dark-green skin, and is covered with “spines,” but as the fruit ripens, the skin becomes a lime-green and the tips becomes susceptible to breakage.

The inner surface of the skin is cream-colored and granular separating easily from the mass of snow-white, fibrous, juicy pulp with the scent of pineapples that surrounds the soft-pithy core in segments. The pulp has a slightly acid flavor. A large fruit can have up to 200+ black seeds, which are indigestible.

The main commercial producers today are throughout the tropical Americas, Southeast Asia, Philippines, India, Hawai‘i, and other Pacific islands.

Chemical Properties differ according to the plant component, and area grown. They include:

  • B- caryophyllene
  • O – cadinene
  • aA- cadinols
  • Anonaine
  • Anoniine
  • Methionine
  • Lysine
  • Anonaine Isoquinoline – fruit (Surinam)     
  • Anonol  – leaf (Dominican Republic)
  • Asimilobine  – fruit (Surinam)
  • Atherosperminine Isoquinoline – root bark
  • Coclaurine, root bark, leaf (Guyana)
  • Cohibin C -seed (Brazil)
  • Corepoxylone  – seed (Brazil)
  • Coreximine, root (Guyana)
  • Coronin root (Guinea)
  • Corossolin – seed (Guyana, Brazil,  Taiwan)
  • Epomuricenin – seed, root (Brazil,Guinea)
  • Epomuricenin B – seed, root (Brazil, Guinea)
  • Goniothalamicin – seed, leaf (Guyana, US, Indonesia,  Dominican Republic,  Brazil)
  • Goniothalamicin – seed (Dominican Republic)
  • Javoricin – seed (Dominican Republic)
  • Lignoceric – leaf (Dominican Republic)
  • Sabadelin – seed (Guinea)
  • Solamin – seed, stembark,   root,(Brazil, India,Guinea, French Guiana)
  • Tyramine,      n-para-coumaroyl – leaf (Indonesia)
  • Uvariamicin I – root (Guinea)

Pectoral – flowers, helps to relieve chest infections

Antispasmodic – leaves, relieves spasms
Emetic – seeds, induces vomiting thus helping to relieve the digestive tract of toxic substances
Sudorific – Infusion of leaves, increases perspiration, which also helps to relieve the body of toxic substances

Anti-carcinogen Annona muricata has proven to be better at targeting than chemotherapy which kills healthy cells as well as cancer cells. This was proven to be the case in a 1996 study whereby the seeds was found to be cytotoxic to adenocarcinoma cells with a potency that is 10,000 times stronger than adriamycin, is used in the first line treatment of cancer. Adriamycin causes terrible side effects that can damage the cardiovascular system, and therefore fatal. These findings were more or less affirmed by

A 2003 study by researchers in Taiwan which found the compounds acetogenin, annonacin highly toxic to ovarian, cervical, breast, bladder and skin cancer at very low dosages.

A 1997 study by Purdue University Annonaceous acetogenins to be ” . . . not only are effective in killing tumors that have proven resistant to anti-cancer agents, but also seem to have a special affinity for such resistant cells.”

A 1999 study demonstrated Annona muricata as an anti-carcingen in the case of prostate and breast cancer, and a 2002 study demonstrated Annona muricata prevents liver cancer.

A 2011 study found that an extract of Annona muricata suppressed oncogene, which is believed to be a cancer-causing gene.

Antiherptic – A Study by S. Gajalakshmi and team from the School of Biosciences and Technology, Tamilnadu, India found Annona muricata to be effective against Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1)

In the Dutch Antilles, the leaves are used as a sleeping aid, by simply placing inside one’s pillow-case. They also use the leave as a decoction for the same purpose.

In Jamaica, the leaves have been used in the treatment of hypertension, worms, and as a tranquilizer.

In the Caribbean, the fruit and/or fruit juice is used for fevers, parasites and diarrhoea; the bark or leaf as an antispasmodic, sedative, and nervine for heart conditions, coughs, flu, difficult childbirth, asthma, hypertension, and parasites.

In the Peruvian Andes, a leaf tea is used for catarrh and the crushed seed to kill parasites.

In the Peruvian Amazon the bark, roots, and leaves are used for diabetes and as a sedative and antispasmodic.

Nutritional Content

Includes:

  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Calcium
  • Copper (seed)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin
  • Sodium
  • Thiamine
  • Tryptophan
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc (seed)

Contraindications

Annona muricata is a cardiodepressant, vasodilator, and hypotensive (lowers blood pressure). It has been found that large doses can cause nausea and vomiting.

In balance He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

“Is This Fruit Extract 10,000 Times Better Than Chemotherapy?” http://worldtruth.tv/is-this-fruit-extract-10000-times-better-than-chemotherapy/

Gajalakshmi. S et al. “Phytochemical And Pharmacological Properties of Annona Muricata: A Review.” http://www.ijppsjournal.com/Vol4Issue2/3297.pdf

“Graviola.” http://rainforest-database.com/plants/graviola.htm

Kossouoh,C, et al. “Essential Oil Chemical Composition of Annona muricata L. Leaves from Benin. “http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10412905.2007.9699288#preview

Love, K and Paull, R.E. “Soursop.” http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/F_N-22.pdf

“Presence of Compounds in Graviola (Annona muricata).” http://rainforest-database.com/plants/graviola-chemicals.pdf

Soursop (Annona muricata ) http://www.tropicalfruits.com.my/pdf/soursop.pdf

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

 

By Hwaa Irfan

Tamarind/tamr-al Hindi is one of those drinks that is meant for hot summer days when the ability to relax  sometimes seems hard to come by, and is a welcome natural drink after a long day of fasting, once the light meal of iftar has been taken. A quick and easy drink to make from dried tamarind pulp, which is used as a paste/sauce in Asia, and plays a role in Ayurvedic medicine. In the globalized food industry Tamarind is commonly used in the production of candies, chutneys, jams, desserts, steak sauces and Worcestershire sauce. However, in Aruba, India, Jamaica, and Mexico for example, to eat tamarind means to eat healthy as tamarind has many medicinal benefits including bone health, blood pressure, thyroid and musko-skeletal disorders just to name a few.

Known as Imli (Hindi), Assam jawa (Indonesia), tamr-al Hindi (Arabic), Yeuut-sitoe/pahuga (Ghana)Tamarindus indica is evergreen, tropical and native to Africa. Still growing wild throughout Sudan, this tree has been domesticated by India. Tamarindus indica can be found today in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, South Asia, South America and the Caribbean. High in energy, fiber, and Vitamin B, Tamarind tends to get sweeter as it ripens, overriding its sour content, a ‘sweet’ cultivar known as makham/wahn is grown in Thailand that differs nutritionally and medicinally. The si thong/chompho, and muen chong varieties are the sweetest. Indian pods are longer and contain 6- 12 seeds, but the varieties of the Caribbean and the Americas are shorter and contain 3 – 6 seeds.

Tamarindus indica is a member of the Fabaceae of the Leguminosae family plant kingdom. It is long-living, and slow growing, and grows as a large tree up to 80 feet high. Dense bright green foliage with pinnate leaves go to sleep (close) at night. The leaves are feathery in appearance, and shed for short periods during very dry hot weather.

Flowering from January – April in its native climate, the fruits do not appear until March, July and December. The buds are pink and transform into 5-petalled flowers, yellow with orange-red streaks

A pod contains a thick outer shell that surrounds a deep brown sticky pulp which in turns surrounds 2 – 10 hard dark colored seeds, but the shell become brittle and easy to break when ready to harvest.

Fruit 3 – 8 inches long are the pods. Every season, irregular-curved pods are produces in abundance along the branches. As the pods mature, they fill out with the pulp which changes from brown to reddish brown. The tree is self fertile.

Chemical Properties

They include:

  • Β Sitosterol
  • P- cyemene
  • Benzyl benzoate (higher content in Cuban variety)
  • Caryophyllene
  • Cinnamic acid
  • Geraniol
  • Hexadecanol (higher content in Cuban variety)
  • Limonene (higher content in Cuban variety)
  • Linalool
  • Longifolene
  • Malic acid
  • Metyl Salicylate
  • Pentadecanol(higher content in Cuban variety)
  • Phytol
  • Pyrazine andalkylthiazoles
  • Safrole
  • Tartaric acid

Rich in dietary fiber (polysaccharides), the sticky pulp from 100g of fruit pulp can provide 13% of one’s dietary fiber that facilitates bowel movements thus preventing constipation. The fiber of tamraindus indica also binds with toxins in the colon, and facilitates carrying them out of the body.

Antioxidant –  Tartaric acid is a powerful antioxidant (Anti-oxidant E-number is E334), which has been found to protect against harmful free radicals.

Antibacterial/viral – The leaves of tamerindus indica are noted for
their potent Antibacterial/viral properties. Accumulative studies have demonstrated strong antibacterial activity against Salmonella paratyphi, Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella typhi, and Staphylococcus aureus. In another study carried out by Dr. Monrul Islam and team, Bangladesh, strong antibacterial activity  was expressed against Shigella, dysenteriae, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, and Salmonella para typhi.

AntimalarialElsevier (Ireland) found 27 wild plants that are used by Ethiopians in the protection against malaria, of which Tamarindus indica was one the most popular.

Cholesterol – The dietary fiber also helps to bind bile salts produced from cholesterol thus reducing likelihood of  re-absorption in the colon. It helps to excrete low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).

Laxative – Tamaridus indica is noted for this in traditional medicines including Madagascar where children eat the fruit regularly to avoid constipation , amongst the Wolof of Senegal who take it as a sweetmeat, ‘Bengal’ which is made from the unripe fruit, lime juice and honey, and in Burkino Faso where the fruit is crushed, soaked for half a day, and then salted.

Fluoride Poisoning – Studies by A.L. Kandare and team at the Indian Council of Medical Research, India looked at 20 healthy boys, 18 who completed the course. They were given 10g of tamarind daily with lunch for 18 days at the social welfare boys’ hostel, while maintaining a balanced nutritional diet. The result was an increase of the excretion of fluoride from the body via urine. The rate of excretion was (4.8±0.22 mg/day) with tamarind, as opposed to 3.5±0.22 mg/day without.

In a study by Murugun and team, powdered tamarind seed proved to be an affective defluoridating agent.  However, health experts argue how can tamarindus indica chelate fluoride when it contains fluoride!

Indian (mainly South India) well water is rich in fluoride, and is highly concentrated in the well when the water goes down, as it does in N. India. Dr. P Pushpangadan, Director of the National Botanical Research Institute argues on the basis of experience, that “consumption of tamarind or raw mango has been shown to protect us from fluoride poisoning”. It can be equated to artificially adding vitamin D to processed milk leading to a list of health problems.  There are obviously some subtle dynamics at work here, similar to that of homeopathy that is giving birth to new forms of medicine (nanotechnology) that badly misunderstands the principles at play to dangerous levels.

Nutritional Content

High fiber, high energy Tamarindus indicus is also rich in B-vitamins, which helps to bring on that ‘calm’ feeling by regulating stress contains

 

  • Calcium
  • Carotene
  • Copper
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Pyridoxine
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Thiamin
  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamins C
  • Vitamins E
  • Vitamins K
  • Zinc

Medicinal

Laxative – the pulp acts as a good laxative, stimulating the bowels

Refrigerant – this comes from the acids, and a drink of tamarind will help febrile conditions.

In Mauritius the creole mix salt with the pulp and use it as a liniment for rheumatism.

The wood is very hard and durable, valuable for building purposes and furnishes excellent charcoal for gunpowder; the leaves in infusion give a yellow dye.

In India, the seeds are edible, and may be peeled, roasted or boiled. Nothing is wasted as the leaves, flowers and fruits are considered to make good animal fodder. Even when the fruit is overly ripe, they are used to clean and brighten silver, copper and brass, and Indian silver smiths polish their goods with a strong infusion of roots mixed with sea salt. The flowers provide a yellow dye, and the leaves provide a red dye, powdered seeds provide a tool against dysentery, the pulverized bark for colic and digestive disorders, the fruit pulp is used as a laxative, the bark for sore throats, and the roots for heart pains.

In Ghana, tamarindus indica is used in circumcisions. It is drunk after childbirth, aids bronchitis, is used to treat dysentry, diarrhoea, jaundice, rheumatism, and as a laxative.

In Thai traditional medicine, the fruit is used as a digestive, laxative, expectorant and blood tonic. The seeds are used as an anthelmintic, antidiarrhoeal, and an emetic, and the seed coat is used to treat burns and aid in wound healing as well as against dysentery.

 

Contraindications

None known…

When buying, fresh tamarind pods are available from late spring to early summer, but processed varieties can be bought as compressed tamarind blocks, ready-to-use slice, paste, and concentrates. When buying avoid dessicated pulp which is a manner of passing on old tamarind. Once bought, it can be kept fresh for several months in a refrigerator.

 

In balance He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

Ara, N. et al. “Phytochemical Screening and In VitroAntibacterial Activity of Tamarindus Indica Seeds

Ethanolic Extract”. Pakistan Journal of Pharmacology Vol.26, No.1, January 2009, pp.19-23

Escalona-Arranz1, J.C. et al. “Antimicrobial activity of extracts from Tamarindus indica L. leaves.” http://www.phcog.com/article.asp?issn=0973-1296;year=2010;volume=6;issue=23;spage=242;epage=247;aulast=Escalona-Arranz

Kandare, A, et al. “Effect of tamarind ingestion on fluoride excretion in humans.” http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v56/n1/full/1601287a.html

“Tamarind.” http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/tamarind.html

Mesfin, A et al. Ethnobotanical study of antimalarial plants in Shinile District, Somali Region, Ethiopia, and in vivo evaluation of selected ones against Plasmodium berghei. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Jan 6;139(1):221-7. Epub 2011 Nov 11.

Murgun, M. et al. “Studies on defluoridation of water by Tamarind seed, an unconventional biosorbent.” http://www.iwaponline.com/jwh/004/0453/0040453.pdf

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

By Hwaa Irfan

Radiation, plastics, cigarette smoke, chemicals in soft drinks, pesticides, and many more common substances have all been found to damage our DNA. Our cells become inhibited in producing what our bodies need and our bodies become challenged in re-growing healthy cells. Sesamum indicum is one of nature’s blessings that assists in DNA repair.

Sesame seeds can take for granted if it wasn’t for the distinctive flavor they present, especially in the delicious thick sauce tahina which can bring any unappetizing meal alive, and the sweet, halawa/halva always tastes like a luxury!

Believed to be native to Africa, and India, Sesamum indicum belongs to the Pedaliaceae family of the plant kingdom. It was introduced to the U.S. from Africa, in the 17th century.

There are 30 species of this white, brown, or black seeds known as Juljulan, Zelzlane, Simsim (Arabic) Zhi ma, Hu ma, (Chinese-Mandarin), wangila (Swahili), bene (Malay) sesame seeds can be dried/dried and toasted to bring out that distinctive nutty taste. In fact, Sesamum indicum is one of the oldest known oil crops with a 5,000 year history in cultivation, and is still used as a cooking oil today in Africa and India as the seeds contain 50%-60% odorless, and colorless oil.

Requiring little water the herbaceous Sesamum indicum still grows as a wild flowering plant today in Africa. The plant prefer sandy, loamy, and clay soils, as it requires good drainage. It does not like the shade. Sesamum indicum  grows annually up to 100cm. The lanceolate/ovate leaves grow opposite to each other, and are protected by short hairs.The tubular flowers have four-lobed mouth, and can be yellow, white, blue or purple with downy white hairs. Flowering in July, the plant is self-pollinating as the flowers are hermaphrodite. The fruit is like a capsule/pod with rectangular features that culminate in a triangular beak, and can be as long as 8cm. The expression “Open Sesame” from the tales of the Arabian Nights arises from the sudden release of seeds as the fruit bursts open, splitting top to bottom. The seeds are ovate, slightly flattened and somewhat thinner at the eye of the seed. The seed’s coat may be smooth or ribbed.

Popular in the modern food and confectionary industry, the domesticated variety originated from India. Sesamum indicum is grown in over 50 countries with the quality crops cultivated by China, India, Myanamar, Sudan, and Uganda. Refined sesame oil is common in Europe and the U.S., from which margarine is made. The trick with sesame oil is it remain stable at high temperatures, so it is great for the unhealthy cooking method of frying. Cold-pressed is also available in the West amongst the health shops, but in Asia the hot-pressed oil is preferred. Hot-pressed is cheaper, produces high yields from the high temperature, and what is left can be reprocessed to produce more oil

Chemical Properties includes:

  • Alanine
  • Arginine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cystine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Glycine
  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  •  Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline
  • Sesamol
  • Sesamin
  • Sesamolin
  • Serine
  • Tryptophan
  • Threonine
  • Tyrosine
  • Valine

Antioxidant –  Sesamol is a strong antioxidant which has been found to protect against DNA from gamma radiation–induced damage.

Antibacterial – The oil has been found to effective in the treatment of bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and skin fungi lie athlete’s foot.

Cholesterol – The oil is also known to maintain high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) and lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).

The seeds of Sesamum indicum is an astringent, emollient, lenitive, nutritive, tonic (liver and kidneys), diuretic, and a lactagogue. The oil is a demulcent, emollient, diuretic, emmenagogue, lactagogue and laxative.

The linoleate in triglyceride content selectively inhibits malignant melanoma growth.

Sesamin and Sesamolin reduces high blood pressure, and protects the liver against oxidative stress.

In aromatherapy, the essential oil is used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis,  and mature skin.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame seeds, hei zhi ma is used as a yin tonic for the liver-kidney meridian, visual disturbance, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, and premature graying of the hair, as well as convalescence from a long illness, , but is contraindicated in patients with loose stools and/or diarrhea due to Spleen Qi Deficiency. The ripe sesame seeds of autumn are harvested, and then dried in the sun.

Nutritional Content

A rich source of protein, calcium and other minerals, Sesamum indicum contains:

  • Calcium
  • Choline
  • Copper
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Thiamin
  • Vitamin B₁
  • Vitamin B₆
  • Vitamins B₁₂
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Recipes

When buying buy from a store that has a high turnover of products in order to ensure freshness, and that the containing packet is air tight without evidence of moisture. Store in a cool, dry place.

In the Philippines roasted seeds with honey are used in the treatment of chronic constipation, the juice from the plant is used to treat head lice, burned stalks are used as a poultice in the treatment of haemorrhoids, and a poultice of grounded seeds is applied to burns and scalds. A decoction of the seeds with linseed is used for coughs, and as an aphrodisiac, while the seeds alone are used in the treatment of constipation in children.
In India, the seeds are used as a poultice to heal wounds.

In the Yucatan, the seeds are used as a laxative for children, and as an emmenagogue for women.

In Africa, a decoction of the leaves are used as an aphrodisiac, and a decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of malaria. Powdered leaves are applied to snake bites, and a decoction of the seeds are used for haemorrhoids, and to regulate the menses.e He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

Akbar, F et al.   “Genetic Diversity of Sesame (Sesamum Indicum L.) Germplasm From

Pakistan Using RAPD Markers.” Pak. J. Bot., 43(4): 2153-2160, 2011.

“Black sesame seed (Heizhima).” http://www.epharmacognosy.com/2012/04/black-sesame-seed-heizhima-sesamum.html

“Sesame.” http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Sesa_ind.html

Gopakumar Gopinathan Nair and Cherupally Krishnan Krishnan Nair. “Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals”. December 2010, 25(6): 629-635. doi:10.1089/cbr.2010.0803.

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