Mauritia flexuosa Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
tree-of-life

Mauritia flexuosa, known as the moriche palm, ité palm, ita, buriti, canangucho, or aguaje, is a palm tree. It grows in and near swamps and other wet areas in tropical South America. It has been reported from Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guinea, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Mauritia flexuosa is an elegant tree which can reach up to 35 meters in height. The large leaves form a rounded crown. The flowers are yellowish, and appear from December to April. The fruit, which grows from December to June, is a chestnut colour and is covered with shiny scales. The yellow flesh covers a hard, oval, nut. The seeds float, and this is the means by which the palm tree propagates. In natural populations the tree reaches very high densities.

Mauritia flexuosa

Medical use

Economic importance of Mauritia flexuosa

Human food beverage base fruit oil/fat starch
Materials fiber
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil - Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Goias, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Para, Piaui, Rondonia, Sao Paulo
    • Western South America: Bolivia - Santa Cruz; Colombia ; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Allergenic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
AntiPMS
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antiacrodynic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antiamblyopic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antianemic
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Antianginal
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antianorectic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
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Antiatherosclerotic
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Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antibackache
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antibacterial
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiberiberi
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Anticanker
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Anticardiospasmic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Antichilblain
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Anticolitic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antideliriant
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antidermatitic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidyspeptic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antidysphagic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antieczemic
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Antiedemic
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Antiencephalitic
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Antiencephalopathic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antifibrotic
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Antigallstone
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Antigastritic
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Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antigingivitic
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Antiglaucomic
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Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antiheartburn
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antihyperactivity
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antiinsomnic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antilepric
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Antilithic
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Antimaculitic
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Antimeasles
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Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antimutagenic
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Antimyocarditic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antineuralgic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antineurasthenic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antineuritic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Antiorchitic
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Antiosteoarthritic
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Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (585 ppm)
Antioxidant
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Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antipellagric
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Antipyretic
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Antiradicular
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Antiretinotic
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Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antirhinitic
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Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antiscotomic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Antitumor
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Antivertigo
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (585 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Circulotonic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Fibrinolytic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Hepatotoxic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Hypolipidemic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (585 ppm)
Insectifuge
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Neuroprotective
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Fruit (585 ppm)
Pesticide
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (2.6 ppm)
Prooxidant
Iron found in Fruit (15 ppm)
Sedative
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Serotoninergic
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (1610 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (21740 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (0 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ascorbic-acid Fruit 0
Ash Fruit 8,000 17,390
Calcium Fruit 740 1,610
Carbophydrates Fruit 190,000 413,045
Fat Fruit 250,000 534,475
Fiber Fruit 10,000 21,740
Iron Fruit 7 15
Kilocalories Fruit 2,760 6,000
Niacin Fruit 2.9 6.3
Phosphorus Fruit 270 585
Protein Fruit 40,000 86,950
Thiamin Fruit 1.2 2.6
Water Fruit 540,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]