Ayurveda and Science

Supari/सुपारी/Areca Catechu/Areca Nut/Kramuka


Supari Plant
Hindi Name: Supari
Sanskrit Name: Kramuka
English Name: Areca Nut, Betelnut
Latin Name: Areca catechu Linn
A medium sized straight unbranched tree cultivated in southern states of India for the nut which is used as a masticatories and in spices. The nut is endowed with medicinal properties as recommended by Ayurveda.

Areca Nut Medicinal Uses

Kramuka finds its commonest use in mouth freshner formulations in India through aegis. Its use has also been recommended in the prevention and treatment of obesity. It improves salivation (Sialagogue). Nutritional analysis of the nuts suggest it to be a richest source of organic chromium salts. The role of chromium in the metabolism of fat has been well established now through various studies.

Chemical Composition

Areca nuts contain a large number of amino acids. Arecoline has been isolated form the nuts. They also contain sitosterol, leukocyanidins and tannins.

Effect on

Balances kapha and pitta.
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