MICROTEA DEBILIS - WEAK JUMBY PEPPER.|
Weak jumby pepper, eiwit-blad, erva mijona.
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefeet family) / Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed family).
Weak jumby pepper is a small creeping annual herb, growing up to 18" tall; sometimes shrubby at the base.
The inflorescence has 10-20 flowered racemes each.
The leaves are elliptic or ovate, very small white flowers with fruit spreading from inflorescence.
The seeds are black and shiny.
In Suriname's traditional medicine, Microtea debilis is used against proteinuria and acute renal failure (appearance of protein in the urine).
The plant contains the flavinoid cirsimarin that triggers lipid mobilization.
By stimulating the breakdown of fats (lypolysis) and sparing the utilization of stored glycogen, Microtea assists in the performance levels of athletes and persons engaged in moderate physical activity.
Microtea has a lipolytic level 20 times higher than caffeine.
In the kidney and urinary tract the concentrations of cirsimaritin produced can be high enough to inhibit the interaction of adenosine with its receptors; this might explain the effectiveness of Microtea debilis preparations against proteinuria in traditional medicine.
It has good potential for use in weight loss products and fat burners.
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USDA zone 4 - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / light shade, moist soil. Fruits in 2 -3 months.
Plant in frost free spots; it can be grown as an annual in zones 7 and 8.
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