The neem (Azadirachta indica) also known as the neem tree has gained popularity because of the many benefits it refers to, contributes to health.
Since 2016, a group of researchers from the University of Colima (Ucol) were interested in studying the benefits of the neem tree in health. According to the Autonomous University of Chapingo , the neem tree is native to India, however, it was later taken to Nicaragua and from this country it also ended in Mexico.
It is said that the benefits of neem can be found in leaves, branches, roots, seeds, bark and trunk. However, everything that is said is true?
The benefits of neem: myth or reality?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) , neem or neem contains substances that act in a similar way to cortisone and act as an anti-inflammatory.
1. Fungi on the feet. It can be used to fight fungus on the feet; Just liquefy some neem leaves, add a little water and apply every day after bathing.
2. Oral health. The neem is also known as a toothbrush in other parts of the world, for example in the Asian and African regions, this is because this plant can prevent bacterial mouth infections such as those that arise in the gums.
3. Natural repellent. It has been found that the larvae of mosquitoes Anopheles and Aedes are sensitive to neem seeds, therefore, it is used as a natural remedy to control the mosquito population.
4. Eye health. According to publications in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research , the neem leaf can be used in the treatment of common eye problems, for example, conjunctivitis and night blindness.
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5. Antibacterial. Data published in the International Research Journal of Applied and Basic Sciences , reveal that the juice of the neem leaf could be effective in the elimination of bacteria, to reach this conclusion, Salmonella typhosa and Staphylococcus aereus strains were used that were eradicated with the juice of these leaves.
On the other hand, a review published in 2002 in Current Science suggests health benefits from the use of nimbidin . For example, as hypoglycemic, spermicidal , antipyretic and anti-inflammatory.
Watch out! its consumption in supplements or through the so-called naturopathic medicines does not go through a procedure that allows it to be regulated, based on the safety of its consumption.
This means that the recommendation and use in this form represents a danger to health.