Aguaje is a plant with medicinal benefits, uses and interesting properties for menopause (women), thanks to its phytoestrogenic virtue and its ability to improve the health of women and men. The aguaje is a plant that we found in the Amazon, becoming, in fact, one of the plants most representative of the Amazon of Peru, which tends to grow in the marshes of floodplains and in valleys of streams in the highlands. Therefore, these areas are also known as aguajales. Contains 21 to 38 times more provitamin A compared with carrots, contains 25 to 31 times more vitamin E compared with avocado, equals orange and lemon in vitamin C.
The most valuable of the Aguaje is its fruit, because it is rich in phytoestrogens, vitamins and minerals that improve the internal and external health of our skin and hair organism.
The main components are:
- Beta carotene (Provitamin A)
- Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
In studies, made in Belgium by the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of L’Etat, Gembloux, together with the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (1987) and another made by the Federal University of the State of Pará, in Brazil (1998) was demonstrated that Aguaje contains beta carotene (Provitamin A) of 173 to 300 mg / 100g and tocopherols (Vitamin E) of 80 to 100 mg / 100g.
Also the pulp of the Aguaje contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) of 50 to 60 mg / 100g (Chavez, 1946 and FAO, 1986), contains phytoestrogens and oleic acids that are very important in human nutrition especially of women during all their life and especially in the climacteric.
Aguaje: benefits and properties
Ancient peoples of Peru came to consider aguaje as a true “tree of life” or “bread tree”, and as a plant that symbolized mortality.
From this plant a fruit is obtained, called with the same name as the plant ( aguaje ) that provides very important nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Benefits of Aguaje
Especially rich in phytoestrogens
The phytoestrogens with plant compounds that stand out for exerting a very important estrogenic activity, which means that they produce the same effects of estrogen (but, nevertheless, since they are not estrogen in themselves they do not have their biochemical structure).
Precisely the benefits of the phytoestrogens that the aguaje contributes include:
It reduces the amount of fats in blood, helping to lower the levels of high cholesterol in the blood.
Reduces the risk of diseases that usually appear after 50 years after the arrival of menopause. In addition, they are suitable for reducing and alleviating the symptoms of menopause.
Balances hormone levels
Anticancer effect, useful to reduce the risk of cancer.
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
High content of essential nutrients
From a nutritional point of view, in addition to its content in phytoestrogens, aguaje provides a great diversity of vitamins and minerals:
Vitamins : mainly provitamin A, vitamins of group B (B1, B2 and B5), vitamin C and vitamin E.
Minerals : such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine
Ancient peoples of Peru came to consider aguaje as a true “tree of life” or “bread tree”, and as a plant that symbolized mortality. From this plant, a fruit is obtained, called with the same name as the plant ( aguaje ) that provides very important nutritional and medicinal benefits.
PROPERTIES OF WATER
Because of the presence of sitosterol they can be precursors of female hormones of the progestin type. Because of this, many companies sell aguaje capsules with the hopeful phrases of “to increase the size of the breasts, lose the hairiness of the skin and increase female beauty”. However, this is not supported by scientific studies.
It can help with the symptoms of menopause, osteoporosis, estrogen deficiency, as it has female hormones such as phytoestrogens, which is why many attribute to Aguaje the beauty and exuberance of the women of the Peruvian jungle, who consume it regularly. . This does not affect the male consumer at all, since it does not alter his hormonal levels, since the phytohormones are only recognized by the specific hormone receptors abundant in the female tissues, but quite scarce in the male sex.
Hypovitaminosis A (vitamin deficiency), the main condition of malnourished children. The fruits of aguaje present high amounts of vitamin A, the same that is essential for human nutrition.
Scurvy and diseases that destabilize the organic metabolism such as tuberculosis and dysentery. Because of the presence of vitamin C, it is recommended for those who suffer from these diseases.
Regulation of sexual characteristics, fortification of the skin and as an antioxidant. For the presence of significant amounts of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).
Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that have estrogenic activity, that is, they produce the effects of estrogen, but they do not have the biochemical structure of estrogen. Currently, 30 phytoestrogens are known, among the most studied are: lignans, isoflavones, coumestans and lactones (these last two, active in animals).
Other natural compounds with an estrogenic effect are triterpenes and ginseng. The phytoestrogens are found in Aguaje, cereals, vegetables, legumes (beans, kidney beans, beans, beans, and beans) and in some herbs also in soybeans, wild sweet potatoes and black cohosh and dong quai, all phytoestrogens are derived from phenylpropane, the consumption of phytoestrogens significantly reduces lipids and lipoproteins in patients with high cholesterol levels and healthy women, improves climacteric symptoms and decreases the risk of some diseases that appear in women from 50 years.
Phytoestrogens are a form of natural hormone treatment of menopause without the disadvantages of estrogen.
MECHANISMS OF ACTION OF THE Phytoestrogens
They are characterized by binding to estrogen receptors, nuclear proteins that, when activated by estrogen and phytoestrogens, trigger a series of characteristic physiological processes on the target organs (vessels, bones, etc). Phytoestrogens are weaker ligands than natural estrogens (eg, estradiol) and much less than synthetic ones.
They are also much less “toxic” allowing their administration in high doses that guarantee, ultimately, an effect. In individuals with very low estrogen levels (as is the case with castrated or postmenopausal women) the administration of phytoestrogens is physiologically relevant and can induce significant clinical changes.
In addition, phytoestrogens have a greater preference towards the β form of the estrogen receptor, being considered as selective modulators of natural estrogen receptors.
EFFECTS OF Phytoestrogens ON HUMAN HEALTH
Phytoestrogens have an anticancer effect, through various hormonal and non-hormonal mechanisms, many of which are still under study.
It is important to clarify that many of these studies have been carried out with doses of very high phytoestrogens, impossible to achieve with a diet, and there is currently no consensus about the real effects of dietary intake of isoflavones, it seems. The greatest protective effect would be obtained against breast, colon and prostate tumors.
Effect of reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Numerous studies have also shown that the consumption of foods rich in phytoestrogens, modifies some of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, especially dyslipidemias, which reduces the risk of this type of disease.
Effect on menopausal disorders
Due to its estrogenic activity, its use has been spread to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. After numerous investigations, it was found that the dietary behavior of the population traditionally consuming phytoestrogens (Chinese) was translated into a late menopause and fewer disorders linked to menopause.
NATURAL TREATMENT OF THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
Of course, the menopausal woman should not only ingest phytoestrogens to stay healthy, but should also have a healthy diet that can reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers, low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, grains integrals, calcium and vitamin D, as well as reduce caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes.
Exercising regularly can reduce heat waves and strengthen bones by reducing the risk of osteoporosis. The proper management of stress can help relieve tension, anxiety and possibly other symptoms of menopause.
As for the diet to follow, it should be aimed at increasing the levels of estrogen, foods such as aguaje, among others.
The cosmetic industry has introduced the phytoestrogens in the creams for the rejuvenation of the skin of the face and in moisturizers to relieve vaginal dryness, with them it is tried to recover the elasticity and turgor previous to the menopause. The following vitamins and minerals are necessary to combat the effects of menopause by synergizing the action of phytoestrogens.
More On The ORIGIN AND HISTORY of Aguaje
Aguaje is one of the most representative plants of the Peruvian Amazon, it grows wild in the swamps of the floodplains and in the valleys of streams of the highlands, the ecosystems where the plant predominates, are known locally as “aguajales”.
Within the indigenous peoples, as is the case of the Yagua ethnic group, is considered “the tree of life” and a symbol of immortality, the Cocama-Cocamilla call it “bread tree”, since both the population and many species of terrestrial and aquatic fauna depends on its fruits to feed, due to the large concentration of extensive aguajales in the area of the Pacaya-Sumiría Reserve, in the Loreto region, this area is considered as the center of origin of the species .
MYSTIC OF WATER
The mysticism of the Aguaje does not culminate in the representation of the spiritual kingdoms, it houses jealous guardians like the jaguar, feline who is mythically considered the ‘son of the aguajal’; the anaconda (eunectes murinus), the largest serpent, representing the wisdom offered by this palm tree; the owl, who sees everything from his abode in the crown of the tree, delivering relief to all evils; and finally the black alligator (melanosuchus niger), guardian who punishes with death those who dare to knock down the female watermelons, the only plants that offer fruits.
It is found in the basins of Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali and Huánuco, either wild or grouped in manchales (communities of the same species).
There are also in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, it reaches 35 m. of height, its fruit is elliptic of 5-7 cm. long and 4-5 cm. Wide. It adapts to the hot and humid tropical climate, poorly drained soils, flooded soils. Its scientific name is Mauritia flexuosa L.
COMPOSITION AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE
The pulp only represents 12% of the total weight of the fruit but has a high content of lipids (21 to 31%) as well as essential fatty acids.
High content of pro vitamin A (beta carotene, 30-300 mg / 100 g9 in pulp, oil represents the highest content of vitamin A in the world Regulates content of vitamin B and C, and important mineral content, but much variability in These nutritional contents The fleshy part of the fruits is generally consumed in raw form by the inhabitants and is a very good food, due to its content in calories (283 kcal / 100 g), proteins (8.20 g / 100 g), oils ( 31g / 100g), carbohydrates (18.70g / 100g), mineral salts (calcium, phosphorus and iron), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B5, C) and iodine.
Each 100 g of dried pulp contain:
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Aguaje Capsules: Consume 3 capsules per day
Aguaje or Buriti Oil – Amazon Water Cosmetic Oil
In the world of cosmetics, Aguaje or Buriti Oil is highly valued for the essential fatty acids and emollients that work extra hours to keep the skin smooth, favoring the mechanisms that increase the collagen content, helping us to have a young and shiny skin.
This Amazonian Aguaje Cosmetic Oil is effective to attenuate wrinkles, fine lines, scars, burns and reduce the aging process due to its antioxidant properties, helps protect and repair the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, due to the high concentration of carotene , which is even higher than in carrot oil.
INCI NAME: Mauritia flexuosa Fruit Oil
Traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon as an ointment for burns and other skin irritations. It can be very helpful in the following:
- Mature skin, aging
- Dry and cracked skin
- Eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
- Exposed to the sun and the injured skin
- Dry, brittle and damaged hair
PROPERTIES OF COSMETIC WATER OIL
- Highly emollient
- Exceptionally rich in beta-carotene
- High in essential fatty acids
- Oleic acid: 79.2%
- Palmitic acid: 16.3%
- Linoleic acid: 1.4%
- Linolenic: 1.3%
- Stearic acid: 1.3%
- Palmitoleic acid: 0.4%
- Powerful antioxidant
- Rich in vitamin C
- Improves skin elasticity
- Reduce redness
- Offers sun protection against UV rays
- Protects the skin against free radicals
- Color: Red and orange
HOW DOES THE COSMETIC AGUAJE OIL ACT?
The Cosmetic Oil is extracted by cold pressing of the Aguaje pulp. It has a composition rich in unsaturated fatty acids (palmitic and oleic acids); high content of carotenoids, behaves as one of the richest sources of pro-vitamin A; It also has a high concentration of tocopherols with excellent antioxidant activity and high oxidative stability. It is a rich and nourishing facial oil that lubricates the tissues, restores elasticity and harmonizes the skin.
The Aguaje Cosmetic Oil increases the elasticity and decreases the drying of the skin exposed to solar radiation; helps to regenerate the lipids of the stratum corneum with increased SPF.
COSMETIC WATER OIL: RECOMMENDED USE
It is recommended after the bath. It can be applied on the whole body, face or hair as sunscreen, with the help of a cotton soaked in the oil, apply gently on the desired area in a circular motion, you can use mixed (5 -10%) with oil baby or wheat germ oil, because its high content of carotenoids is an intense orange color.
- In the care of the skin, the Aguaje Cosmetic Oil is used in many skin creams.
- Restores moisture to the skin exposed to the sun and the unsaturated fatty acids it contains help to rebuild, re-hydrate and moisturize skin cells, as well as the protection of collagen and elastin in the skin.
- It is easily absorbed, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, recent studies have found that it also filters and absorbs carcinogenic UV rays.
- Pure oil is used to treat burns and wounds because of its ability to promote the development of scar tissue and soften the skin, the color of the oil can stain the sheets and clothing if they are allowed to touch the area before the oil is removed. has absorbed completely.
The application of the Aguaje Cosmetic Oil can dye the skin temporarily orange, giving a slight effect of natural tanning, it is not recommended for use as massage oil.
BENEFITS FOR HAIR
- The Aguaje Cosmetic Oil hydrates, strengthens and softens the hair, it is an excellent addition to hot oil treatments.
- A few drops applied to the comb can be used instead of a hair gel to provide control and reduce frizz, without the drying effect of alcohol normally found in hairdressing products.
- Its use will help moisturize and protect your hair from sun damage and pollution.
Use only the Aguaje Cosmetic Oil mixed with another, in lighter colored oil in the blonde hair and if you are not going to wash it, it is possible that the strong color of the oil could be absorbed by the hair.