Osmanthus: Origin, Health Benefits & Uses

Introduction

Exquisite with an intense yellow golden color, the Osmanthus flower has a distinct lush scent. Native to China, these tiny beautiful flowers have been cultivated for millenniums for its taste and myriad of health benefits.

Osmanthus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, and Western science has recently conducted studies that confirm these benefits, and are still exploring the many uses of this powerful plant.

Benefits

RICH IN ANTI-OXIDANTS

Pleasing and calming to the eye, the Osmanthus flower boasts rare antioxidant compounds that help remove harmful toxins from the body. Rich in polyphenol compounds, these substances found in Osmanthus act as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

AIDS WEIGHT LOSS

As a potential appetite suppressant, studies published show that just inhaling Osmanthus's fragrant aroma exerts a mild sedative effect and lowers the motivation to eat.

Nothing can replace exercising and eating right, but drinking osmanthus does quell cravings and keep you on track by helping you curb binge eating and lose weight.

RICH IN VITAMIN B-3

Scientists in China found that Osmanthus is rich in niacinamide, a form of vitamin B-3. Like all B vitamins, B-3 helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy. Niacinamide is a lesser-known form belonging to the B vitamin group that may help protect insulin-producing cells in people with type-1 diabetes.

Another significant benefit of vitamin B-3 in Osmanthus is that it enhances circulation. Proper circulation is vital because it ensures getting enough oxygen to your cells, keeping your energy levels high, and giving your brain the ability to function efficiently.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Since ancient times, Osmanthus has been used as a moisturizer and to improve skin complexion. Today, it's the oil that is often utilized in anti-aging skincare products.

Beyond mineral and anti-oxidant properties, Osmanthus contains carotene and selenium that helps combat free radicals and other skin-damaging compounds, protecting the skin's quality and elasticity.

Bird's Nest with Osmanthus

 

REFERENCES

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286648528_Effect_of_an_osmanthus_fragrans_flower_beverage_on_the_antioxidant_activity_in_healthy_individuals
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280119171_Osmanthus_fragrans_Flower_Extract_and_Acteoside_Protect_Against_d_-Galactose-Induced_Aging_in_an_ICR_Mouse_Model
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254629915002276
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872418/
https://bmcsystbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12918-017-0523-0
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23519146/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28917370/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222549798_Antioxidant_activity_and_melanogenesis_inhibitory_effect_of_the_acetonic_extract_of_Osmanthus_fragrans_A_potential_natural_and_functional_food_flavor_additive

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