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Annatto Seeds And Your Health

By Chisom Ibemere

Annatto seeds, also called achiote seeds, are derived from the tree of achiote known as Bixa orellana. They are commonly used as a natural food colouring and spice.

They have a characteristic vibrant red-orange colour and a slightly sweet, peppery flavour.

Annatto seeds are a good source of antioxidants, such as carotenoids and tocotrienols, which help protect the body from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

They contain carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health and may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Annatto seeds contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in lowering the risk of chronic inflammatory conditions.

They have been used in the traditional settings to support digestive health and alleviate digestive issues like bloating, gas, and stomach pain.

Annatto seeds are a good source of vitamin E, an essential nutrient that plays a key role in supporting immune function, skin health, and heart health.

They are believed to have antimicrobial properties and could help combat harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Annatto seeds contain tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that supports cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.

They have the potential to inhibit cancer growth. Annatto seeds are a good source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are important for bone health, muscle function, and overall well-being.

Annatto seeds are commonly used as a natural food colouring agent in various dishes, giving them a vibrant colour without the need for artificial additives.


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