HAVANA, Nov. 29th Cuba makes a group of cosmetic products based on the oil extracted from the seed of the moringa tree, a plant that is attributed medicinal and nutritional properties, experts from the island informed on Wednesday.
The oil of the “moringa oleifera” is a source of potential for multiple applications, with positive results in the preparation of cosmetics, explained the specialist in Chemical Sciences, Beatriz Zumalacárregui, quoted by the state agency Prensa Latina.
Zumalacárregui said that currently there are 13 cosmetic products, evaluated and tested with acceptance by Cuban companies for future commercialization.
These include hair products such as anti-dandruff shampoo, masks and conditioning cream, as well as depilatory creams, anti-wrinkle creams, for babies, as well as body massage oil and soaps.
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The specialist said that the seeds of moringa have been evaluated and recommended for the treatment of medicinal problems such as osteoporosis and their properties have been studied as a nutritional supplement and sexual enhancer, with positive results.
He also explained that research on the plant began in 2010 through the leaves, also for medicinal purposes for the control of blood pressure and type 1 diabetes mellitus.
He explained that the island has worked with varieties of the species: Supergenius, Plain, Creole and Nicaragua, from countries like Vietnam, India, Pakistan and others, whose seeds have been acclimatized in Cuba.
The cultivation of the tree of the “moringa oleifera” extended in the island for some years the deceased leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, who dedicated himself to realize studies of botany, in particular of the plants and called attention to the benefits of this species for human and animal food, as well as the possibilities of multiplying these productions.