What is Borthekera?
Borthekera, also known as Garcinia pedunculata, is a medicinal plant commonly found in Assam. The plant is related to the popular tropical fruit, mangosteen. The dried pulp of the ripe fruit from Borthekera has been used for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Recently, researchers at the Scientists of Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) found that this plant has heart-protective properties.
Heart Ailments and Borthekera
Heart ailments are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In recent years, researchers have been exploring the therapeutic potential of natural products for treating heart ailments. In a recent study, researchers at IASST found that the administration of dried pulp of the ripe fruit from Borthekera minimized cardiac hypertrophy indicators and oxidative stress, which are associated with heart ailments.
Therapeutic Properties of Borthekera
Borthekera has a range of therapeutic properties that have been recognized by traditional medicine systems. The plant has been used for centuries for treating various ailments. Some of the therapeutic properties of Borthekera are listed below:
- Anti-inflammatory: The plant has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation in the body.
- Anthelmintic: Borthekera has been traditionally used for treating parasitic infections.
- Antibacterial and antifungal: The plant has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help to fight against harmful microorganisms.
- Antidiabetic: Borthekera has been shown to have antidiabetic properties that can help to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Hypolipidemic: The plant has hypolipidemic properties that can help to reduce cholesterol levels in the body.
- Nephroprotective: Borthekera has nephroprotective properties that can help to protect the kidneys.
- Neuroprotective: The plant has neuroprotective properties that can help to protect the nervous system.
Culinary and Medicinal Use of Borthekera
Borthekera is commonly used for both culinary and medicinal purposes in Assam. The sun-dried slices of the ripe fruit from Borthekera are used in traditional Assamese cuisine as a souring agent. The dried pulp of the ripe fruit is also used for medicinal purposes. However, it is important to note that traditionally, the plant’s products are never consumed raw.
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