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Caigua Capsules (Cyclanthera pedata)
Caigua fruit is traditionally used in Peru for high cholesterol.* For more complete information on this unique rainforest plant, please see plant database file on caigua. To see pictures of caigua, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for high cholesterol; for hypertension and circulatory problems; for diabetes; for gastrointestinal problems; as a topical analgesic
Suggested Use: Take 1 gram 2 - 3 times daily or as directed by a health care professional.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
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Published Research on Caigua
All available third-party research on caigua can be found at PubMed. A partial listing of the published research on caigua is shown below:
Cholesterol-Lowering Actions: Anon. "Curso Las Plantas Medicinales Y La Salud Humana Fito 2005 - Lima." Instituto de Fitoterapia Americano. 22-29 of October, 2005. Lima Peru.
Gonez, C., et al. "Efectos de la Caigua (Cyclantera pedata) sobre el perfil lipidico en adultos." Instituto de Investigacion de Altura. UPCH. Rev. Per. Endocr. Metab. 1997; (3): 30-35.
Quinones, Motta R., "Efecto Hipocolesterolemico de Cyclantera pedata (Caigua). Trabajo para optar Titulo Qui. Far. UNMSM. 1993. page. 260.
Gavez, Meija., et al. "Efectos terapeuticos de Cyclanthera pedata ("caigua") deshidratada a dosis bajas y unitomas en pacientes hiperlipidemicos." Segundo Simposium Internacional de Plantas Medicinales y Fitoterapia, 05-08 of August, 2004, page. 23
Gonzales, G. F., et al. "Serum lipid and lipoprotein levels in postmenopausal women: short-course effect of caigua. Menopause. 1995; 2(4): 225-234.
Antioxidant Actions: Ranilla, L., et al. "Phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity and in vitro inhibitory potential against key enzymes relevant for hyperglycemia and hypertension of commonly used medicinal plants, herbs and spices in Latin America." Bioresour Technol. 2010 Jun;101(12):4676-89.
Anti-diabetic & Anti-hypertension Actions: Ranilla, L., et al. "Phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity and in vitro inhibitory potential against key enzymes relevant for hyperglycemia and hypertension of commonly used medicinal plants, herbs and spices in Latin America." Bioresour Technol. 2010 Jun;101(12):4676-89.
Chemicals Identified: Kowalska, J., et al. "Isolation and primary structures of seven serine proteinase inhibitors from Cyclanthera pedata seeds." Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 2006; 1760(7):1054-63.
Montoro, P., et al. "Flavonoids from the leaves of Cyclanthera pedata: two new malonyl derivatives." Phytochem. Anal. 2005 May-Jun; 16(3): 210-6.
Carbone, V., et al. "Analysis of flavonoids from Cyclanthera pedata fruits by liquid chromatography/electrospray mass spectrometry." J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. 2004; 34(2): 295-304.
Montoro, P., et al. "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; 49(11): 5156-60.
De Tommasi, N., et al. "Studies on the constituents of Cyclanthera pedata fruits: isolation and structure elucidation of new triterpenoid saponins. J. Agric. Food Chem. 1999; 47(11): 4512-9.
De Tommasi, N., et al. Studies on the constituents of Cyclanthera pedata (caigua) seeds: isolation and characterization of six new Cucurbitacin glycosides." J. Agr. Food Chem. 1996; 44(8): 2020-2025.
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