Carapa guianensis Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
crabwood

Carapa guianensis is a species of the family Meliaceae. The tree grows in the Amazon region, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a tall tree with dense foliage, which usually grows in the tropical rain forest along the edge of rivers. The wood resembles mahogany and is used in quality furniture. From the seeds is derived a plant oil which have medicinal properties. Also, the oil is used as a repellent against insects.

Carapa guianensis

Medical use

Economic importance of Carapa guianensis

Materials lipids wod

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Geografical distribution

  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Martinique; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

5-Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Allergenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Anemiagenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Antialopecic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Antiandrogenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Antifibrinolytic
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Antileukotriene-D4
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Antimalarial
11-beta-acetoxygedunin found in Bark
Antioxidant
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Choleretic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Cosmetic
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Dermatitigenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
FLavor
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Hemolytic
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Hypercholesterolemic
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Insectifuge
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Irritant
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Lubricant
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Nematicide
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Percutaneostimulant
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Perfumery
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Pesticide
11-beta-acetoxygedunin found in Bark
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Propecic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (375000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)
Soap
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (65000 ppm)
Suppository
Stearic-acid found in Seed (260000 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]