Agave

S. Name: Agavaceae

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Agave

DESCRIPTION

This plant forms a large number of thick, fleshy leaves that rotate on a short stem (Usually does not exceed 30 cm in height), giving the impression that it grows from the same ground.

It blooms at the age of ten and after flowering and ripening the fruits die.

DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT

It was introduced from America to Europe. Their crops extends from the south of the USA to the north of Argentina.

The greater concentration of native species can be found in Mexico.

It requires semi-dry climates, with clay soils, permeable, rich in iron and abundant in derivatives of volcanic rocks.

PROPERTIES

· Stimulates the growth of intestinal flora, thus inhibiting the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori or Salmonella.

· Sap is used to treat digestive disorders caused by the growth of bacteria in the stomach and intestine.

· It has a multitude of beneficial properties for the skin and scalp.

· Reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

· Reduces inflammation and appetite.

· Helps the system eliminate toxins.

· Is used as a natural sweetener.

· Reinforces the immune system.

USES

Internal use: The dried leaves in infusion are used for their digestive and hepatic properties. The nectar also the syrope of Agave.

External use: Used externally it is used for eye irritations and fresh leaf juice is used to treat skin conditions.

PRECAUTIONS

· The Agave syrope is nothing more than a refined product processed from the Agave nectar. Make sure you get a 100% organic nectar made with minimal processing.

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· It should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation, unless medically indicated.

· Agave syrup is not indicated in people with lactose intolerance or gout.

· For diabetics, their consumption should be considered as that of sugar.

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