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More Science Research about agarwood leaves

Nik Noor (2014) and his research team conducted a study in 2014 on the antioxidant activity of Aquilaria Malaccensis leaf extracts (agarwood leaf). They discovered that these leaves possess significant antioxidant properties.

Infected Aquilaria Species:

Infected Aquilaria species are highly sought after for their oil and resin, used in fragrances and incense. Their leaves are also valuable for their medicinal properties.

Phytochemical Screening:

Preliminary tests revealed that agarwood leaves contain alkaloids, terpenoids, flavonoids, steroids, saponins, and tannins. These compounds support antioxidant activities and have various medicinal benefits, including analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperglycemic, and antimicrobial properties.

Constipation Relief:

A study conducted over 14 days with rats (approved by the Animal Investigation Committee of Gifu Pharmacological University) showed that agarwood leaf extracts increased stool frequency and weight without causing diarrhoea. Genkwanin-5-O-beta-primeveroside likely plays a key role in this laxative activity by acting on acetylcholine receptors in a low-fibre diet model.

Sleep Aid:

Agarwood leaves also aid in sleep. One reviewer noted, "The time of day you drink this tea is important! It seriously makes you sleepy. The first time I drank it at noon, and I wanted to nap all afternoon. The second time I had it before bed and slept like a baby. This tea also affects bowel movements."

In the other hand, sleep aid is another benefit agarwood leaves offer. 

One of our reviewers say "............. The time of day you drink this tea is also important! It seriously makes you sleepy. The first time I drank it at noon and I just wanted to nap all afternoon. The second time I had it before bed and slept like a baby. Also, keep in mind that this tea does indeed affect your bowel movements..............." (teaviews.com)

Preparation Tips:

Agarwood leaves can be bitter if too much is used. For a 250 ml cup, 5 to 8 tea balls are sufficient. Adding lemon, fresh or dried orange, or mixing with green tea can improve the flavour. The natural chemical composition of agarwood leaves promotes relaxation and calmness when consumed.

Agarwood leaves can be mixed with other teas, dried orange, strawberries, or other fruits to vary the taste.

agarwood leaves and dried orange

 

Chemical composition of agarwood leaves

For your interest of chemical composition of agarwood leaves, studied by Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi 2012, there are 33 compounds, including:

  1. 5-hydroxyl-7,4'-dimethoxyflavone
  2. Acacetin
  3. Luteolin
  4. Genkwanin
  5. Yuankanin (genkwanin-5-O-beta-D-primeveroside)
  6. Adenosine
  7. Genkwanin-5-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside
  8. Hypolaetin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside
  9. Hypoxanthine
  10. Uracil
  11. 8-C-beta-D-galactopyranosylisovitexin
  12. 4-(1,2,3-trihydroxypropyl)-2,6-dimethoxyphenyl-1-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside

Benefits of Key Compounds:

  • Genkwanin: Offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities.
  • Acacetin and Luteolin: Bioflavonoids with anti-cancer properties.
  • Adenosine: Increases physical energy and is used for various medical treatments, including acute kidney failure, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, weight loss associated with cancer, and blood pressure control during surgery.

Agarwood leaves offer many health benefits and can be consumed daily. If you have trouble sleeping, this tea is a natural remedy worth trying!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for professional advice regarding sleep or any other health concerns.

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