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Benefits of Annatto And Its Side Effects

Annatto is beneficial for the high antioxidant property, for ocular and mascular treatments and also digestive and kidney treatments. It also helps to cure wounds and gonorhea and cancer.

Benefits of Annatto And Its Side Effects

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Annatto
Nutritional Value of Annatto
Health Benefits of Annatto
Oxidative damage
Prevent poor eyesights
Healthy digestion
Accelerates wound healing
Cancer prevention
Protect and Strengthen the Kidneys
Annatto strengthens bones
Reduces gonorrhea
Relieving stomach issues
Prevent birth disease
Uses of Annatto
Side-Effects & Allergies of Annatto
Cultivation of Annatto

Annatto

Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana). It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma. The color of annatto comes from various carotenoid pigments, mainly bixin and norbixin, found in the reddish waxy coating of the seeds.

Nutritional Value of Annatto

Annatto contains amino acids, calcium, iron and phosphorus, as well as vitamins B-2 and B-3. They also contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, which are both potent antioxidants that help to prevent free-radical induced damage to cells and DNA. In addition, annatto contains the phytochemicals cyanidin, ellagic acid, salicylic acid, saponins and tannins. Phytochemicals are naturally found compounds in plants that help to prevent and treat disease in humans.

Health Benefits of Annatto

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Annatto
Health Benefits of Annatto

Oxidative damage

Annatto seeds are high in antioxidant compounds. It is particularly high in antioxidants that benefit skin health, which is one of the reasons it is often added to cosmetic products. Annatto paste applied to the skin helps fight wrinkles, sun damage and other signs of aging, while consuming the seeds provides similar benefits from the inside out.

Prevent poor eyesights

Carotenoids benefit eye health and prevent degenerative eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. This greater carotenoid substance in Annatto seeds will act as antioxidants in ocular system and prevent the growth of cataracts. Greater the proportion of carotenoids, the brighter red annatto seeds are.

Healthy digestion

Annatto seeds are rich in fiber and able to accelerate the digestion of important nutrients. Annatto sees consumption aids to avoid constipation. The fiber also contributes to reducing cholesterol and regulate diabetes, as it able to optimize the insulin intake and glucose levels in the bloodstream. Annatto is used as a diabetic controlling herb.

Accelerates wound healing

Due to the antioxidant properties of annatto, it is effective for healing minor skin wounds. The antioxidants facilitate the production of healthy cells and tissues that will reduce scarring and skin damage. When in pain from burns injury or wounds on the skin, or also any skin problem, then annatto seed cream can be spread evenly to hasten the treatment process and lower the looking of the scar and mitigate the pain. Thus, the natural antimicrobial of this cream can try to avoid further infections

Cancer prevention

Antioxidants have an extensive role in preventing the growth of cancer.Norbixin, one of the pigments found in annatto seeds is known to be a powerful antioxidant. In recent research, it was found that norbixin has an anti-mutagenic effect on healthy cells exposed to cancerous cells and free radicals, meaning that the seeds may be able to help prevent a variety of different cancer cells from spreading.

Protect and Strengthen the Kidneys

Annatto seeds and leaves have diuretic,antibacterial and bitter properties. In addition to this,annatto seeds and leaves help to guards and enhances the kidneys. Annatto has been widely considered as an aphrodisiac and enhances weight loss,heals fevers, hepatitis, malaria, and dysentery.

Annatto strengthens bones

The higher proportion of Calcium in Annatto seeds assure bone strength and durability. It increases the bone density strength and helps in preventing osteoporosis.

Reduces gonorrhea

Annatto has been proven to be an effective herbal treatment for gonorrhea for decades. For those suffering from this painful condition, using annatto paste either internally or topically can be very effective for clearing up the STD.

Relieving stomach issues

Stomach ache, heatburns and stomach cramps can be mitigated by the usage of Annatto. It can be consumed with tea or warm drinks or even directly to prevent any stomach discomfort.

Prevent birth disease

Annatto seeds are rich in folic acids and thus pregnant women are advised to consume annatto to prevent any birth disease in the babies.

Uses of Annatto

Annatto seeds are also useful in beauty care with the antioxidant properties.It is also used to cure fever, oral health, headache, vaginal wash, heat stroke treatment. Annatto seeds are used to cure the effects of snake bites and the essence of the leaves, roots and barks are used as poison antidotes.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Annatto

Annatto might increase or decrease the blood sugar levels and thus affect the consumer.Annatto may interfere in the sugar level during and after surgery. It is not known certainly if it is totally safe to be consumed during breast-feeding. Annatto is used as food coloring, when used in large amount may cause harmful effects.

Cultivation of Annatto

The annatto tree B. orellana is believed to originate from Brazil.

Apt time for raising the annatto nursery is during April-May months. The plant can be propagated by seeds or through stem cuttings. Seedlings are raised in polythene bags containing a mixture of soil, sand and manure. Seeds germinate in about 8-10 days and only one seedling is grown in each bag. When the seeds grow, they are transplanted and irrigated regularly depending on the climate and yield of the crop.

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Table of Content

Annatto
Nutritional Value of Annatto
Health Benefits of Annatto
Oxidative damage
Prevent poor eyesights
Healthy digestion
Accelerates wound healing
Cancer prevention
Protect and Strengthen the Kidneys
Annatto strengthens bones
Reduces gonorrhea
Relieving stomach issues
Prevent birth disease
Uses of Annatto
Side-Effects & Allergies of Annatto
Cultivation of Annatto