A Look Into the Benefits of Mimosa Pudica

April 19, 2018

This is the second in a three-part series on Mimosa Pudica.

In our last post, we introduced you to mimosa pudica, the amazing gut-scrubber and gut-cleanser. We include mimosa pudica in our protocols for a number of reasons--and we continue with five more amazing body benefits of mimosa pudica here:

  • It’s gelatinous, which helps scrape parasites from the intestinal walls. Mimosa Pudica is unique in that it is a mucilaginous herb, meaning it swells up when it comes in contact with liquid. (Ahuja)  (If you’ve ever soaked chia seeds, or cut open part of an aloe plant, then you’ve seen this in action). The thick, gooey mass not only helps to absorb toxins in the colon, but also helps bulk the stool much like fiber does. The digestive tract often does not break down mucilaginous herbs, as it does with most foods. This means the gel-like Mimosa Pudica makes it (intact) all the way through the digestive system, providing more opportunity to latch onto toxins, parasites, and other bacteria, regulating the flora.

    All plants produce some mucilage, typically via seed covers, help the plant store food or water and germinate, among other functions.

  • It’s a mood-boosting antidepressant. With mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and panic attacks rising, some people are finding relief in alternative medicine, rather than taking prescriptions. Some alternative treatments focus on gut health, since your digestive system is very important for producing neurotransmitters, which in turn regulate mood. It makes sense, then, that a supplement like Mimosa Pudica, which supports intestinal health, could in turn support treatment of depression.

    90% of serotonin is made in the gut, aided by the presence and abundance of certain beneficial bacteria and microbes, according to a study by Caltech. (Stoller-Conrad) With the number of antibiotics prescribed, which disrupt gut flora and potentially affect neurotransmitter levels, it’s a huge concern that people need to focus on gut repair and parasite cleansing to get their health back on track.

    Symptoms of low serotonin include depression, insomnia, negative thoughts, anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, and general low mood. (“All About Serotonin”)

    In a study done in Mexico, dried extracts of the Mimosa Pudica plant were tested on rats, along with other (more common) prescription antidepressants like clomipramine and desipramine. The Mimosa Pudica showed comparable antidepressant activity to the two prescription medicines, based on behavioral evidence during the study. (Molina)
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    1. Mimosa Pudica can help regenerate sciatic nerves.Sciatic nerve pain can be downright devastating, without many good solutions for relief of the discomfort. The sciatic nerve might originate from a number of discs in the spine (for example, L5 or S1), but the pain can radiate from the back, to the rear, to the thigh and calf, and sometimes, even all the way to the toes.

      In a ground-breaking study, Mimosa Pudica was given to animals with sciatic injury for three months, every four days. Up to 40% of the sciatic nerve was regenerated in this process, showing promising results as compared to the group treating with just hydrocortisone, a steroid. (Khare)

    2. It’s an antioxidant.Mimosa Pudica has been shown to raise antioxidant levels in the body, especially in cases where potentially poisonous toxins are present. This is great news for parasite cleansing, since Mimosa can not only act as a binder to any toxins released by parasites as they die, but also help support the immune system by encouraging the body to produce antioxidants. (Nazeema)

    3. Mimosa Pudica can prevent liver damage.Many chronically ill patients have trouble with a slow or damaged liver and gallbladder, especially those with Lyme disease or parasites. This is partially because certain parasites, like flukes, feed on bile or blood find a hospitable home in the bile duct.

      In a study published in theInternational Journal of Drug Discovery, rats were given a dose of Mimosa Pudica alongside measure of liver-damaging toxins. With the addition of Mimosa Pudica, the liver damage was slowed and even prevented, as measured by improvements in glutathione, superoxide dismutase, vitamin-C, and oxidative stress. (Nazeema)

    While many products on the market make use of various parts of the Mimosa Pudica plant, Mimosa Pudica seed has been shown to have incredible benefits for the body.

    See part three.

    Sources

    1. Ahuja, Munish, Ashok Kumar, Parvinder Yadav, and Kuldeep Singh. "Mimosa Pudica Seed Mucilage: Isolation; Characterization and Evaluation as Tablet Disintegrant and Binder."International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 57 (2013): 105-10.ScienceDirect.Web. 24 Nov. 2017.

      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141813013000871?via%3Dihub

    1. As the concentration of mucilage increased, drug release is retarded due to increase in the gel strength and to the formation of gel layer with longer path of diffusion, resulting in reduction in diffusion coefficient of the drug.”

      Singh, Kuldeep, Ashok Kumar, Naresh Langyan, and Munish Ahuja. "Evaluation of Mimosa Pudica Seed Mucilage as Sustained-Release Excipient."AAPS PharmSciTech 10.4 (2009): 1121-127.PubMed.Web. 24 Nov. 2017.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2799573/
    1. Khare CP. Encyclopedia of Indian Medicinal Plants. Germany: Springer; 2004. pp. 313–4.Web.
    1. Molina.Mimosa pudica may possess antidepressant actions in the rat.Molina M, Contreras CM, Tellez-Alcantara P Phytomedicine. 1999 Nov; 6(5):319-23.

      An extract administered in a dose of 1.6 mg/100 g parenterally every 4th day up to 120 days in rats having experimental injury of sciatic nerve, exhibited 30–40% higher results in the process of regeneration of sciatic nerve as compared to the hydrocortisone group.[4]

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459453/
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      Stoller-Conrad, Jessica. "Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut | Caltech." The California Institute of Technology. Caltech, 09 Apr. 2015.Web. 23 Dec. 2017.

      "All About Serotonin." Integrative Psychiatry. Integrative Psychiatry, 2017.Web. 23 Dec. 2017.

      Lebowitz, Michael. "Mimosa Supreme (Supreme Nutrition Products)." Dr. Lebowitz Sporadic Newsletter 298 (15 Dec. 2016): 1-2.Web.


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