What is Marigold Flower Petals Extract? What is Lutein?Application and Value of Lutein as super remedy?
- Botanical Info of Marigold.
- What are lutein and zeaxanthin?.What is lutein?Where does Lutein origin from?
- Identification of Lutein(An important carotenoid) and Natural Origin of Lutein.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are two very important antioxidant carotenoids.
- Basic and Common Knowledge of Lutein.
- About marigold or Calendula:Its famous uses and applications.
- Lutein:Safety and recommendation.
- Your Eyes and Your Health.
- How Search engine think about Marigold and Lutein.
- Research update of Marigold and Lutein.
- Photo Gallery of Calendula officinalis.
What are lutein and zeaxanthin?.What is lutein?Where does Lutein origin from?:
Constituents and Phytochemicals of Marigold or calendula flower:
Flavonoids: Pharmacopoeial standard not less than 0.4% flavonoids.Flavonol (isorhamnetin, quercetin) glycosides including isoquercitrin, narcissin, neohesperidoside, and rutin.
Polysaccharides: Three polysaccharides PS-I, -II and -III have a (3)-beta-D-galactan backbone with short side chains at C-6, comprising alpha-araban-(3)-araban, alpha-L-rhamnan-(3)-araban or simple alpha-L-rhamnan moieties.
Terpenoids: Many components, including alpha- and beta-amyrin, lupeol, longispinogenin, oleanolic acid, arnidiol, brein, calenduladiol, erythrodiol, faradiol, faradiol-3-myristic acid ester, faradiol-3-palmitic acid ester, helantriols A1, B0, B1 and B2, lupeol, maniladiol, urs-12-en-3,16,21-triol, ursadiol; oleanolic acid saponins including calendulosides C-H; campesterol, cholesterol, sitosterol, stigmasterol and taraxasterol (sterols).
Volatile Oils: Terpenoid components include menthone, isomenthone, caryophyllene and an epoxide and ketone derivative, pedunculatine, alpha- and beta-ionone, a beta-ionone epoxide derivative, dihydro actinidiolide.
Other Constituents: Bitter (loliolide), arvoside A (sesquiterpene glycoside), carotenoid pigments and calendulin (gum).
Zeaxanthin and Lutein:
Zeaxanthin is isomeric with Lutein. These two carotene alcohols differ from each other just by the shift of a single double bond so that in Zeaxanthin all double bonds are conjugated.Zeaxanthin always accompanies Lutein in nature.
Highest Dietary Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin:Kale,Collard Greens,Orange peppers,Spinach,Fresh parsley,Corn Red,Grapes,Egg yolk,Various squash,Kiwi Fruit,Zucchini,Mustard greens,Orange Juice,Generally, the most colourful fruits - dark green, orange and yellow - have the highest content of the beneficial carotenoids.
In Tagetes (Marigold) blossom extract, the usual source of Lutein, about 4% of the total is Zeaxanthin.
Lutein is a natural pigment of the carotenoid family. It is widely found in nature the lutein and its isomer zeaxanthin are the main xanthophylls in marigold flowers and also in vegetables and fruits.
There are around 30 species of the genus Tagetes, all being native of the southern parts of North America.
Cultured varieties often have velvety yellow-brown or orange-yellow petals. Most Tagetes have a pungent, characteristic odour with a sharp, fruity-winey-green nuance when the leaves are touched or broken. Acyclic monoterpene ketones are the primary odorants, with tagetone, dihydrotagetone and ocimenone as the most important. Tagetes oil has been used on a small scale for special effects in perfumes.
tagetone, dihydrotagetone and (Z)-ocimenone.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula or Marigold is soothing for all skin and intestinal tract issues, particularly those with inflammation and ulceration. It is excellent for both internal use and topical healing. Calendula heals wounds and is an antiseptic. It helps to improve blood flow to the affected area and as an antifungal agent, it can be used to treat athlete's foot, ringworm, and candida. Topically it is great for cold sores, acne and diaper rash, while taken internally it is good for digestion and relieves colitis and symptoms of menopause.
Calendula has a noteworthy place among our native herbs. It belongs to the plants which are beneficial in cancer and cancerlike growths. It is found in many gardens in the country, sometimes growing wild on wastelands. Since its healing powers have become recognized again and are in demand, it is now met not only in gardens, but also in fields. Calendula reaches a height of 30 to 40 cm. Its flowerheads are bright yellow to orange. Stems and leaves are fleshy and sticky to the touch. There are several varieties with full flowerheads, with dark or light stamens. The medicinal value is the same. Should its flowerheads be closed after 7 o'clock in the morning, it will rain the same day. It was considered a rain indicator in earlier times.
In folk medicine the plant's flowers, stems and leaves are gathered and used. Gathering should occur in bright sunshine, when its healing powers are at their best. It can be picked fresh in the garden well into late autumn, if free from mildew. Calendula strongly resembles our Arnica but is superior in its healing power. Arnica should only be used under medical supervision, since the tea could do more harm than good to people with heart trouble. On the other hand, Calendula tea can be drunk without worry.
As a blood cleanser, it is a great helper in infectious hepatitis. 1 to 2 cups a day work wonders. Calendula cleanses, stimulates circulation and improves the healing of wounds.
Internally, Calendula as a tea, is used for gastro-intestinal disorders, stomach cramps and stomach ulcers, as well as inflammation of the large intestine, dropsy and blood in the urine. It is excellent for virus infections and bacteria in the urine. What wonderful results the use of the tea of fresh Calendula has is noted in a letter a physician sent to me: "A small 21/2 year old girl became very sick after repeated polio inoculations. She had chronic diarrhorea, loss of weight, visual weakness and difficulties with food. In a clinical checkup, paratyphoid fever was diagnosed and the child was therefore under clinical supervision. One week after drinking tea, made of fresh Calendula flowers and some homoeopathic medicines, the child was substantially better. The examination for typhoid bacillus, carried out three times shortly afterwards, was negative for the first time."
Since Calendula is also beneficial for infectious hepatitis, it is an excellent remedy in disorders of the liver. Flowers, leaves and stems are brewed with boiling water. The tea should not be sweetened. For the above mentioned disorders drink 3 to 4 cups a day, about a tablespoonful every quarter of an hour. A tea made from 1 tablespoon of flowers to 1/4 litre of water will expel worms. The juice of the fresh stem gets rid of warts and scabies, the boiled infusion heals herpes and glandular swellings, if the affected parts are bathed in it. The tea, drunk regularly purifies the blood. The eyes, bathed with an eye bath of the lukewarm tea, are strengthened.
Cancerlike ulcers and growths, cracked feet, ulcerated legs, thigh ulcers and also malignant, suppurating, non-healing wounds are helped by washing with an infusion of equal parts of Calendula and Horsetail. Use a heaped tablespoon of this blend to 1/2 litre of water.
To stress the unique effect of Calendula tea 1 would like to cite a few more successes. A nurse who suffered from inflammation of the large intestine for eight years, had an appointment with a specialist. She was advised to take the Calendula tea as per my book. For 4 days she sipped 2 cups of Calendula tea during the day. She could hardly believe it when after this short use of Calendula all the complaints were gone.
A nun told me she suffered from diarrhoea. Although she drank Camomile tea, it did not get better. Only after she had used Calendula tea was there an improvement. A nun in Bavaria suffered from Athlete's foot for 15 years and also repeatedly from phlebitis. Through the application of Calendula ointment she experienced finally a healing of her feet. Scabs in the nose can be easily remedied with Calendula ointment. Note: Should there be an aversion to lard, good vegetable fat may be used. A bit of cooking oil is added to the still warm mass, to make the ointment smoother.
What is lutein?Where does Lutein origin from?
The names of both of these yellow colored phytonutrients reflect their natural hue with lutein being derived from the Latin word luteus meaning golden yellow while zea refers to the corn genus and xantho- is derived from a Greek word that means yellow. While these carotenoids both have yellow pigments, they are found concentrated in foods of others colors, notably leafy green vegetables, since these foods also feature a host of other phytonutrients pigments in addition to lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lutein is a yellow plant pigment in the carotenoid family. Yellow and orange vegetables have only trace amounts of lutein; large amounts are found in green vegetables like broccoli, collard greens, kale, and spinach. Lutein is also available as a supplement made from marigold flowers. Lutein is part of the zanthophyll(Zanthophyll family of pigments, which also includes astaxanthin and canthaxanthin). Because they do not have the pro-vitamin A activity of beta carotene, these "other" carotenoids have been over-looked until recently.
Natural Lutein could be used as nutritional supplement,protect the skin from sun damage,prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing,lower risk of heart disease,lutein also inhibiting lung cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancers,and inhibiting breast tumor, lutein also Prevents clogged arteries,lutein Delays lung aging, Lutein Combats arthritis, lutein Promote Eye Health and protect eyes,so Lutein can help decrease Night Blindness and vision ability in darkness,new research from lab center of MDidea Group would discover more new character and applications of Rutein recently.
- What is Marigold Flower Petals Extract? What is Lutein?Application and Value of Lutein as super remedy?
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