Pachira aquatica Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
Guiana-chestnut Malabar-chestnut provision-tree sabanut water-chestnut wild cocoa
Pachira aquatica

Medical use

Economic importance of Pachira aquatica

Environmental ornamental ornamental
Human food seds vegetable seds vegetable
Materials fiber tanin/dyestuf wod fiber tanin/dyestuf wod

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mexico
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

5-Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Allergenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Androgenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Anemiagenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Angiogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Anorexic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Anthelmintic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
AntiHIV
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
AntiMS
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antiacne
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antiadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antialopecic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Antianaphylactic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antiandrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Antiarteriosclerotic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antibacterial
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Anticancer
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Anticariogenic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Anticoronary
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antidiarrheic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antidysenteric
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antieczemic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antiedemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antiestrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antifeedant
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antifertility
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antifibrinolytic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Antigonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antigranular
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antihyperlipoproteinaemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antihypertensive
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Antileukemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antileukotriene-D4
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Antilipolytic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antilymphomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antimenorrhagic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antinephritic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antiophidic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antioxidant
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antiprogestational
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antiprostaglandin
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antiprostatadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antiprostatitic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Antipyretic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Antiradicular
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antirenitic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antitumor-Promoter
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antitumor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antiulcer
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Antiviral
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Apoptotic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Artemicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Cancer-Preventive
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Candidicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Carcinogenic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Caspase-8-Inducer
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Chelator
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Choleretic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Comedolytic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Cosmetic
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Delta-9-Desaturase-Inhibitor
Sterculic-acid found in Seed
Dermatitigenic
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Estrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
FLavor
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Febrifuge
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Gonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Hemolytic
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Hypercholesterolemic
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Hypolipidemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Immunomodulator
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Immunosuppressant
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Insecticide
Sterculic-acid found in Seed
Insectifuge
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Irritant
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Juvabional
Sterculic-acid found in Seed
Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Lubricant
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
MAO-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Metastatic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Nematicide
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Percutaneostimulant
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Perfumery
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Pesticide
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Sterculic-acid found in Seed
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Propecic
Linoleic-acid found in Seed (63800 ppm)
Oleic-acid found in Seed (249400 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Psychotropic
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)
Soap
Palmitic-acid found in Seed (324800 ppm)
Spermicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Suppository
Stearic-acid found in Seed (17400 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Ulcerogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Seed
Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Bark (27000 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Beta-sitosterol Seed
Cyclopropenoids Seed 153,700
Fat Seed 580,000
Linoleic-acid Seed 29,000 63,800
Oleic-acid Seed 43,500 249,400
Palmitic-acid Seed 266,800 324,800
Stearic-acid Seed 0 17,400
Sterculic-acid Seed
Tannin Bark 27,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]