What is Caigua
t's been used by ancient peruvians as alternative natural medicine
for several centuries, and is currently being used safely by
millions of people.
It is a native plant from Peru some times also named as wild cucumber, .actually used to prepare a very
popular the creole meal named as "Guiso Caigua" or
"Caigua Rellena", but the folklore medicine medicinal
applications to reduce f high cholesterol, high blood pressure
and for weight loss the treatments.The Caigua it is classifed
for the modern world as an alernative medicine
reduce your overweight and burn fat in a easy and natural way.
No risks, no side effects 100% natural .
ß-sitosterol is probably the most abundant esterol of plants
and widely distributed. Diverse studies have demonstrated
his clinical effectiveness as agent capable of diminishing
levels of cholesterol, as well as in the treatment of the hiperplasia
prostate benign. The vegetables of the diet constitute one
daily source of ß-sitosterol. In the present work it was compared
content of ß-sitosterol in different constituent vegetables
of the western diet, using cromatografía in layer fi na and
later cuantifi có his content across HPLC with
The analysis of eight vegetables of habitual consumption in the population
Chilean, it showed that chick-peas, lentils, porotos and peas presented
the biggest contents of ß-sitosterol. In accordance with
our results and considering the therapeutic utility that
it has described for the esteroles of plants, it would seem advisable
as measurement profi lactic, to increase the consumption of some of
these vegetables in capable populations. Additionally,
modifi presents an analytical methodology every for the measurement
direct of ß-sitosterol in vegetable extracts.
Reduce high cholesterol
No side effects have been reported until this time but Caigua it is not suggested for pregnants
Warning: Must consult your physician pregnant must avoid to use herbs of any kind.
- Hypoglicemic effect .
- Hipotensive effect.
- Lipotropic effect.
Earlier studies demostrates that the Peruvian "Caigua" as a sterols of
vegetal origin (as for instance phytosterol) positively influence
absorption of both cholesterols (endogenous and exogenous) reducing
further risks dramatically of cholesterol Biosynthesis is of
vital importance to the human organism, as it remains in many
of our organs ( like the liver, skin, intestines and arterials)
being therefore predecessor of many illnesses.
Hipercolosterolemia and/or hypertriglyceridemia
are commonly related with the risk of coronary heart diseases,
a risk that grows with age, but also during menopause in case
The Cayetena Heredia University in Peru found evidence that
ingestion of andean Caigua has reduced the cholesterol dramatically.
Other advanced studies demostrate
how the high content of flavonoids may helt to reduce cholesterol
Most flavonoids have anti-germ
activity. Immuno-Shield is an immune system product formulated
by Dr. Sahelian that has flavonoids and several immune herbs
It is well known that most flavonoids have anti-cancer properties. and a powerful Anti-oxidant
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants. Extracts from onion and
various flavonoids induce the cellular antioxidant system. Onion
extract and quercetin were able to increase the intracellular
concentration of glutathione by approximately 50%.
There is an extensive research that include blind testing about the Peruvian Caigua done by an Italian University Research team
Analysis of flavonoids from the "Caigua" Cyclanthera
pedata fruits by liquid chromatography/electrospray mass spectrometry.
This method is based on the separation of flavonoid glycosides
present in the methanolic extracts from C. pedata fruits using
high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) followed by detection
with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI/MS). Chromatographic
separation of the analytes of interest was achieved on a Symmetry
C-18 column with detection in positive ion mode. Calibration
graphs were obtained by determining the area ratio between external
standard of each major compound and the internal standard naringine.
Due to the sensitivity and the repeatability of the assay, this
method is suitable for industrial quality control of raw materials
and final products.
Studies on the constituents of
Cyclanthera pedata fruits: isolation and structure elucidation
of new flavonoid glycosides and their antioxidant activity.J
Agric Food Chem. 2001 Nov;49(11):5156-60.
Studies on the constituents of
Cyclanthera pedata (andean Caigua): isolation and structure elucidation
of new triterpenoid saponins. Agric Food Chem. 1999 Nov;47(11):4512-9. The isolation of nine triterpenoid saponins (1-9), among them
six new natural compounds (1-6), from the MeOH extract of the
fruits of Cyclanthera pedata is reported. All of the structures
were elucidated by spectroscopic methods, including the concerted
application of one-dimensional (1)H-(1)H total correlation spectroscopy,
(1)H-(1)H nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy), and (13)C-(13)C
DEPT-NMR and two-dimensional NMR techniques (double-quantum
filtered correlated spectroscopy, rotating-frame Overhauser
enhancement spectroscopy, heteronuclear single quantum coherence,
and heteronuclear multiple bond correlation). A comparative
study of seeds and fruits has been also carried out.
By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Medical News Archive Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Oct. 30, 2002 -- Pills made from
dried Peruvian cucumber ( Cyclatera Pedata ) can help your heart, a supplement manufacturer
claims. Now a prominent nutritionist says the claim may be true.
The caps are called Caigua or andean caigua . They
contain dried caigua -- a hollow, cucumber-shaped plant from
A small 1995 study by Peruvian doctors suggested that
the pills cut "bad LDL cholesterol" levels by a third
and raise "good" HDL cholesterol levels by more than
Barbara Levine, PhD, co-director
of the Human Nutrition Program at New York's Rockefeller University,
says this is a very impressive result. She hasn't spoken with
the Peruvian researchers but notes that their findings appeared
in a respected journal -- The Journal of the North American
"What was interesting to me
is it had a potent effect in raising HDL and lowering LDL,"
Levine tells WebMD. "That is extensive for a dietary supplement.
I have seen blood studies of patients in the U.S. who took Cycladol,
and that is what we are seeing. This is really good. I do have
a number of patients' charts showing actual lipid effects, and
it corroborates the study findings."
Levine stresses that people who
are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs should not switch to the
supplement. And though she always advises people to check with
a doctor before taking nutritional supplements, she says that
Cycladol appears to be safe.
The 1995 study, by Gustavo F. Gonzales,
MD, and colleagues of Cayetano Heridia University in
Lima, Peru, found that it took daily doses of six caigua capsules
to lower cholesterol. The study lasted 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, Lichtenstein says that
the best nutritional advice for people worried about cholesterol
is to follow a heart-healthy diet. According to the American
Heart Association, such a diet calls for:
* Limiting saturated fats to 7%-10%
of the day's total calories.
* Limiting total fats to 30% or less of the day's total calories.
* Eating fewer than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day.
* Limiting sodium intake to 2,400 milligrams a day.
* Asking a dietitian -- or your doctor -- to tell you the right
number of daily calories you need to stay healthy and reduce
MEDICINAL PLANT: CAIGUA-CAIHUA
., ANDEAN CAIGUA,
BOTANICAL NAME: Cyclanthera pedata (L) Schrad.
COMMON NAME: Caigua or Caihua.
Caihua is derived from Perú and belongs to the Cucurbitaceas
family, whose fruit is edible.
The fruit composition is:
suggested : One tab three times
a day before or after your meals. After twelve weeks you must
stop the treatment for three weeks then if you need you can
Protein : 0.49%
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