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Natural supplements straight from PH soil


By Cheshire Que

In 2019, the Philippines’ revenue from vitamins and minerals supplements reached approximately $294 million.

Here are five supplements that are locally abundant produce used for the manufacture of supplements in the Philippines.

Anona muricata
Endemic: Central America, Southeast Asia
Health benefits
• Helps with high blood sugar, irregular heartbeat, tuberculosis, colon and breast cancer, pain, and build up of plaque in the arteries.
• Its leaves have been found to fight cancer cells and diabetes


Momordica charantia
Endemic: Asia, Africa
Health benefits
• Increases the production of beta cells in the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s ability to produce insulin.


Moringa Oleifera
Endemic: Central and South America, as well as the Philippines
Health benefits
• Increases the production and flow of milk among lactating or breastfeeding mothers..
• Has seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more calcium and two times more protein than milk, four times more vitamin A than carrots, and three times more potassium than bananas.

Garcinia mangostana
Endemic: Southeast Asia
Health benefits
• Skin infections, wounds, amoebic dysentery, diarrhea, and cholera.
• Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.

Persea americana
Endemic: South Central Mexico, but widely cultivated in tropical countries.
Health benefits
• Higher potassium
content than banana.
• Rich in monounsaturated fat that increases high density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol.
• Lowers bad cholesterol, and help relax blood vessels thus lowers blood pressure.
• Antioxidant

Sources: Krizia Erika O. Paylago, registered nutritionist-dietitian

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