Aguaje 21 to 38 times more provitamin A, than a carrot. 25 to 31 times more vitamin E than Avocados and its pulp has the same content of vitamin C. as an orange or a lemon.
The most valuable asset of Aguaje is its fruit which is rich in Phytoestrogens, vitamins, and minerals that enhance internal and external health of your body, skin and hair. The main components are:
- Beta Carotene (provitamin A)
- Tocopherols (vitamin E)
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
Studies, made in Belgium by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences de l´Etat, Gembloux, in conjunction with the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (1987), and another made by the Federal University of State of Para, Brazil (1998) have shown that Aguaje contains beta carotene (provitamin A) from 173 to 300 mg/100 g, and tocopherols (vitamin E) from 80 to 100 mg/100g. AGUAJE pulp also contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 50 to 60 mg/100g. (Chavez, 1946 and FAO, 1986).
It also contains Phytoestrogens and oleic acids which are important in human nutrition especially of women throughout their life and especially at Menopause. If it is compared with the main vegetables that contain beta carotene, vitamin E and ascorbic acid, we can say that the oil of Aguaje contains from 21 to 38 times more provitamin A than carrot. From 25 to 31 times more vitamin E than avocado (avocado), and Aguaje pulp has the same content of vitamin C. as an orange or a lemon.
It helps to shape the female figure.
In the presence of Sitosterol there are indications of a type female hormone Progestin. Because of this, many companies sell capsules with the hopeful "Aguaje phrases "to increase breast size, losing the hairs on your skin and enhance female beauty. However, this is not backed by scientific studies.
Menopause, osteoporosis, estrogens deficiency since it has female hormones such as Phytoestrogens. It is reasoned to be that Aguaje contributes to beauty and exuberance of the women in the Peruvian jungle, those who consume it regularly. However this has no effects on the male consumer, and does not alter your hormone levels, the plant hormones, are recognized only by specific hormone receptors which abundant in the female tissues, but quite rare in males.
Vitamin A deficiency (vitamin deficiency), the main condition of malnourished children.
The fruits of Aguaje have high amounts of vitamin A which cannot be produced by the human body itself.
Scurvy and diseases that disrupt the organic metabolism as tuberculosis and dysentery. Its presence ofVitamin C is recommended for those suffering from these diseases.
Regulation of sexual characteristics, fortification of the skin and as an antioxidant. There is a presence of significant amounts of alpha-tocopherols (vitamin E).
Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that have estrogenic activity, i.e. produce the effects of oestrogen, but lack the biochemical structure of oestrogen. Currently about 30 Phytoestrogens are known, among the most studied which include: Lignans, Isoflavones, Coumestans and Lactones (the latter two, active in animals).
Other natural compounds with estrogenic effects are Triterpenes and Ginseng. Phytoestrogens are found in INKANATURAL AGUAJE, cereals, vegetables, legumes
(Habas, alubias, frijoles, habichuelas, juaidas) and some herbs like Soy, Wild Yam, Black Cohosh and Dong Quai. These Phytoestrogens are derived from Phenyl propane.
The consumption of phytoestrogens significantly reduce lipids and lipoproteins in patients with elevated cholesterol levels and healthy women, improving Menopausal symptoms and reduces the risk of some diseases that appear in women over the age of 50. Phytoestrogens are a form of natural hormonal treatment for menopause without the hassle of estrogens.
MECHANISM OF ACTION OF PHYTOESTROGENS
They are characterized by joining the estrogens receptor with nuclear proteins that, when activated by oestrogen and phytoestrogens, triggers a series of physiological processes characteristic of the target organs (vessels, bone, etc). Ligands Phytoestrogens are weaker than natural estrogens (e.g. Estradiol) and much less than synthetic ones. They are also much less "toxic" can be administered in high doses to ensure, ultimately, an effect. In individuals with a very low oestrogen levels (as is the case of castrated or postmenopausal women) the administration of phytoestrogens is physiologically relevant and may induce clinically significant changes.
Furthermore, phytoestrogens have a greater preference for how oestrogen receptor β, which are considered as selective modulators of natural oestrogen receptors.
PHYTOESTROGENS EFECTOS ON HUMAN HEALTH
Phytoestrogens have a proven anticancer effect through various hormonal and non hormonal mechanisms, many of which are still under study.
It is important to note that many of these studies have been conducted with very high doses of phytoestrogens which is impossible to achieve with dieting and until a realistic consensus about the real effects of Isoflavones intake within a diet. It appears that the greatest protective effect was obtained against breast, colon and prostate.
Effect on menopausal disorders
Numerous studies have also shown that eating foods rich in phytoestrogens, modifies some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, especially Dyslipidemia, and therefore reduces the risk of such diseases.
Balancing between hormonal
There is evidence to suggest that phytoestrogens may help balance hormone levels. The effects could be reflected in areas as diverse as the character (puberty) or the appearance of acne.
Effect of decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease
Numerosos estudios han demostrado también que el consumo de alimentos ricos en fitoestrógenos, modifica algunos de los factores de riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular , en especial las dislipidemias, por lo que reduce el riesgo de este tipo de enfermedades.
NATURAL TREATMENT OF SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
Of course not only must menopausal women eat phytoestrogens to stay healthy but they must also have a healthy diet that can reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers, eat low fat and high fibres such as fruits, vegetables, grains comprehensive, calcium and vitamin D.
They should also reduce the intake of caffeine, alcohol and smoking.
Exercising regularly can reduce heat flushed and aid strong bones reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Proper stress management can help relieve stress, anxiety and possibly other symptoms of menopause.
As for their diet, it must be designed to increase oestrogen levels, such as food with high levels of water like apples, barley, carrots, fennel, garlic, oats, parsley, peas, alfalfa, fennels, cherries, beans, potatoes, sesame seeds, wheat or yeast are some foods that can give good help.
Of course, the action of such elements is moderate. Do not wait for two days in this type of diet or having taken a couple of herbal teas you feel like new. However, if we adopt the believe that such a diet for a reasonable time and consumption of Aguaje will slowly help you to feel better and hardly notice that menopause has arrived. The cosmetics industry has introduced the Phytoestrogens creams for skin rejuvenation of the face and moisturizers to relieve vaginal dryness, with them trying to regain the elasticity and firmness after menopause. The following vitamins and minerals are needed to combat the effects of menopause synergizing the action of phytoestrogens.
AGUAJE: ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Aguaje is one of the most representative plants of the Peruvian Amazon; it grows wild in swamps and flooded areas in the stream valleys of the highland areas. Ecosystems dominated the plant, known locally as "aguajales".
Within the worldview of indigenous peoples, such as ethnic Yagua is considered "the tree of life" and a symbol of immortality. The Cocama-Cocamilla calls it "ARBOL DE PAN" because both the population and many species of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife depend on fruit for food.
Additionally, some birds such as parrots and macaws use the trunk of dead Aguaje plants for their nests.
Due to the high concentration of aguajales extensively in the area of the Papaya-plunge in the Loreto region, this area is considered as the centre of origin of the species.
Aguaje is one of the representative plants of the Peruvian Amazon. It grows wild in marshes of flooding zones and in the small valleys hidden in high parts. The ecosystems where the plant predominates, it is locally known as “aguajales”. Within the Cosmo vision of the original towns, as it is in the case of the Yagua ethnic group, it is considered as the tree of the life “” and a symbol of immortality. The Cocama-Cocamilla calls it “bread tree”, since as much the population as many species of the terrestrial fauna and aquatic it depends on his fruits to feed itself. Additionally, some birds, like parrots and Guacamayos, use the trunk of the dead plants to make their nests. Due to the great concentration of extensive aguajales in the area of the Pacaya-Sink Reserve, in the Loreto region, it is considered to this zone like the center of origin of the species.
Edible Palm fruits, originating from Peru.
It is located in the basins of Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali and Huanuco, either wild or grouped in manchales(communities of the same species).
Also found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Reaches 35 m. high, the fruit is elliptic, 5-7 cm. long and 4-5 cm. wide. It adapts to hot and humid tropical climate, soils, poorly drained, waterlogged soils. Its scientific name is Mauritia flexuosa L.
COMPOSITION AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE
The pulp represents only 12% of the total weight of the fruit but has high lipid content (21 to 31%) and essential fatty acids.
High content of provitamin A (beta carotene, 30 - 300 mg/100 g9 into pulp. The oil represents the highest content of vitamin A in mundoRegula in vitamin B and C, and significant mineral content, but much variability in these nutrients. The content of this fleshy fruit is generally consumed raw by the people and it has a very good, calorie content (283 kcal/100 g), protein (8.20 g/100g), oils (31g / 100g), carbohydrate (18.70 g/100 g), minerals (calcium, phosphorus and iron), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B5, and C) and Iodine.
Each 100 g of dry pulp contains:
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AMAZON AGUAJE COSMETIC OIL
In the world of cosmetics, Buriti Aguaje oil is prized for its essential fatty acids and emollients working overtime to keep the skin soft favoring mechanisms that increase the collagen content and helping to keep skin young and glowing.
This oil is effective to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, scars, burns and reduce the aging process due to its antioxidant properties. It helps protect and repair skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Aguaje oil has a high concentration of carotene, which is even higher than carrot oil.
SCIENTIFI NAME: Fruit Oil Mauritia Flexuos
Traditionally used by indigenous people from the Amazon as an ointment for burns and other skin irritations. It may be helpful in the following:
- Mature skin, aging
- Dry and cracked skin
- Eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
- Exposed to sun damaged skin
- Dry hair, brittle and damaged
PROPERTIES OF COSMETIC AGUAJE OIL
- Highly emollient
- Exceptionally rich in beta-carotene
- High in essential fatty acids such as:
- Oleic acid: 79.2%
- Palmitic acid: 16.3%
- Linoleic acid: 1.4%
- Linoleic: 1.3%
- Stearic acid: 1.3%
- Palmitoleic acid: 0.4%
- Powerful antioxidant
- Rich in vitamin C
- Improves skin elasticity
- Reduces redness
- Provides sun protection against UV rays
- Protects the skin against free radicals
- Color: Red and orange
HOW DOES AGUAJE WORK COSMETICLY?
Cosmetic Oil is extracted by cold pressing of the pulp of Aguaje. It has a composition rich in unsaturated fatty acids (Palmitic and oleic acids) with a high content of carotenoids which acts as one of the richest sources of Pro Vitamin A. It also has a high concentration of Tocopherols which have excellent antioxidant activity and high oxidative stability. This is rich and nourishing facial oil which lubricates the tissue, and harmonizes while restoring skin’s elasticity.
Aguaje Cosmetic Oil increases elasticity and decreases the drying of the skin exposed to sunlight, helping to regenerate the lipids of the stratum corneum to increase FPS.
RECOMMENDED USE: COSMETIC OIL OF AGUAJE
It is recommended after bathing. It can be applied throughout the body, face or hair as sun block, with the help of a cotton ball soaked in oil, apply gently on the desired area in a circular motion, you can use mixed (5 -10%) with oil drink or wheat germ oil. Due to its high content of carotenoids, it has a deep orange color.
- In skin care, Cosmetic Aguaje Oil is used in many skin creams.
- Restores moisture to skin exposed to sun and unsaturated fatty acids it contains help to rebuild re-hydrate and moisturize skin cells and protecting collagen and elastin in the skin.
- It is easily absorbed, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, recent studies have found that cancer also filters and absorbs UV rays.
- The pure oil is used to treat burns and wounds because of its ability to promote the development of scar tissue and smooth the skin, the color of the oil can stain sheets and clothing if they are allowed to touch the area before the oil is completely absorbed.
The application of Cosmetic Aguaje oil can temporarily stain skin orange, giving it a light natural tan effect. Not recommended for use as massage oil
BENEFITS FOR HAIR
- Cosmetic Aguaje Oil hydrates, strengthens and softens hair, is an excellent addition to mixtures of hot oil treatments.
- A few drops applied on the comb can be used instead of a hair gel to provide a frizz control and to reduce, without the drying effect of alcohol is usually in hairstyling products.
- Its use will help to moisturize and protect your hair from sun damage and pollution.
In cases of blonde or light colored hair, Aguaje oil should be mixed with a clear oil if not washed off immediately, since it is possible that the strong color of the oil can be absorbed by the hair