CHAYA - HISTORY AND AMAZING BENEFITS

History of Chaya in South Africa

The history of Chaya “Cnidoscolus Aconitifolius” in South Africa starts in 2007, where Mr. R. Gouws, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, was given prescription medicine.  According to Mr. Gouws, these medications soon proved to be ineffective, expensive and his health just seemed to keep on deteriorating.  He could no longer continue with his successful construction business due to these health reasons.   He soon started research on the history of Chaya from around the world and its health benefits.

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Mr. Rian Gouws

Mr. Rian Gouws

Mr Gouws took it upon himself to find a cure for his ailing health and started his research for alternative treatments for diabetes.  After more than a year of research and trying various treatments and medication with limited success, his research led him to the Chaya plant.  Mr. Gouws soon started the import process and the rest is history.  In 2020 Nutridry Pty Ltd bought the Plant breeding rights from Mr. Gouws and are now producing this wonderful plant under their own label.   Our Chaya cultivated variety is called  Cnidoscolus Pohl ‘Riana’ and registered at  Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Nutritional Information of Chaya

Amino Acids

Alanine
Arginine
Aspartic acid
Cystine
Glutamic acid
Glycine
Histidine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Proline
Serine
Threonine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine
Valine

Phytochemicals

Alkaloids
Anthocyanins
Anthracene
Anthraquinones
Cardiac glycosides
Coumarone
Flavonoids
Hexadecanoic acid
Lignans
Octadecenoic acid
Oxalate
Phenolics
Phlobatannins
Phytate
Propanetriol
Saponins
Triterpenes
Xanthenes

Minerals

Calcium
Copper
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium
Zinc

Vitamins

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Beta-carotene
Niacin
Riboflavin
Thiamin

Nutritional value of Chaya

Chaya is one of the richest sources of nutrients among all the leafy greens with high levels of protein, calcium, potassium, iron, and carotene.  Based on the available history of Chaya its main use, at least in its original area of domestication, was as a valued food source, Chaya was and continues to be an important medicinal plant.

Chaya has exceptional Nutritional Values. It contains essential Amino Acids, many Vitamins like Vitamin A,B and C, Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron and 22 Phytochemicals.  Chaya is rich in protein and often serves as a meat substitute, and it is rich in natural antioxidants, with free radical scavenging properties. In fact, levels of Chaya leaf nutrients are two to threefold greater than any other land based leafy green vegetable

The potential of Chaya for human food and health has a significant implication for the plant as a horticultural crop. Chaya plant has the potential to make a significant nutritional contribution to the vegetable diet as well, because of its high nutrient content. 

History of Chaya

There are a lot of wild verities of Chaya but only four was bred and cultivated for domestic use. Horticultural techniques was used to join parts from different variety Chaya plants to develop our variety; Cnidoscolus Pohl ‘Riana’. 

Health Benefits of Chaya

Chaya was and continues to be an important medicinal plant.  Research show that Chaya provides enormous benefits to the human body:

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Chaya Powder

Organic

Nutridry’s organic farming involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.

Organic cultivation is aimed at creating a healthy environment, healthy food and healthy consumers. If the environment in which agricultural products are grown is healthy, the product will be healthier and consumers will also be healthier and have a better immune system.

The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

SCHEDULING STATUS: 

PROPRIETARY NAME AND DOSAGE FORM: CHAYA 500 mg Capsules

COMPOSITION: Chaya Riana (Cnidoscolus Pohl) 500mg

 per serving
(Capsule)
Per 9 servings
(max daily value)
Carbohydrates (g)<1g1.89
Crude Fibre (g)<1g1.4
Calories1.513.4
Crude Fat (g)<1g<1g
Protein (g)0.151.35

Vitamin A (μg)0.635.68
Vitamin C (mg)1.6715.07
Vitamin D (iu)11100
Vitamin E (mg)0.32.67
Vitamin B2 (mg)0.030.26
Vitamin B3 (mg)0.877.80
Vitamin B9 (μg) (Folic acid)47.12424
Calcium (mg)7.163.9

EXCIPIENTS: None, Sugar free

CATEGORY AND CLASS: D33.6 Complementary Medicines: Western Herbal Medicine- Discipline Specific

PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION

PHARMACOKINETIC PROPERTIES:  Chaya “Cnidoscolus” Pohl contains a variety of vitamins which are absorbed and metabolised as explained below:

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin important in growth, development and maintenance of epithelial tissue and for vision.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant. It is a cofactor in numerous biological processes, such as the metabolism of folic acid, amino acid oxidation and the absorption and transport of iron. Ascorbic acid is readily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract and is widely distributed in the body tissues. Ascorbic acid in excess of the body’s needs is rapidly eliminated in the urine and this elimination is usually accompanied by a mild diuresis.

Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) – The pharmacokinetics of Cholecalciferol have been widely studied and are well-known. Cholecalciferol from nutritional sources is almost completely absorbed from within the gastro-intestinal tract in the presence of dietary lipids and bile acids. Cholecalciferol is stored in fat cells and its biological half-life is approximately 50 days. After high doses of Cholecalciferol, serum concentrations of 25(OH)D3 may be increased for months. Overdose-induced hypercalcaemia may persist for weeks.

Tocopherols (Vitamin E) – Vitamin E is absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract. Most appears in the lymph and is then widely distributed to all tissues. Most of a dose is slowly excreted in the bile and the remainder is eliminated in the urine as glucuronides of tocopheronic acid or other metabolites.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – Readily absorbed from the upper gastro-intestinal tract. Rate of absorption is proportional to intake. Food increases extent of absorption. Vitamin B2 is metabolised in the liver.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Vitamin B3 helps to metabolise carbohydrates, fats and proteins and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) – Folic acid is absorbed rapidly from the small intestine, primarily from the proximal portion. Naturally occurring conjugated folates are reduced enzymatically to folic acid in the gastrointestinal tract prior to absorption. Folic acid appears in the plasma approximately 15 to 30 minutes after an oral dose; peak levels are generally reached within 1 hour.

Calcium – Calcium contributes to the development and maintenance of bones and teeth and may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

INDICATIONS: Vitamin E and B, make Chaya an antioxidant that helps with the maintenance of good health. It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and protein, providing the body with needed energy. Vitamin D helps with the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorous. Chaya contributes to the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth, and gums. The content of Vitamin C found in Chaya, helps in connective tissue formation, which is important to support and give structure to other tissues and organs in the body and helps with wound healing. Folic Acid in Chaya help to form red blood cells and reduce the risk of neural tube defects when taken daily prior to becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy.

WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: In general, health supplements should not be intended for supply to any children under the age of seven (7) months old unless where supplementation is medically warranted. Not suitable for children under the age of 12 years of age.
Consult a relevant health care provider:
– If you are pregnant and breastfeeding
– If you have any chronic conditions or are taking any chronic medication

INTERACTIONS

All-trans retinols (Vitamin A Palmitate) – Contraceptive pills raise plasma levels of Vitamin A. Simultaneous treatment with ion exchange resins such as cholestyramine or laxatives such as paraffin oil may reduce the gastrointestinal absorption of Vitamin A. Chronic, excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of Vitamin A hepatotoxicity. Retinoids increase the risk of toxicity when used concomitantly with vitamin A. In patients concomitantly using agents with anticoagulant effects (such as clopidogrel, heparin, warfarin) increased bleeding risk has been associated with high vitamin A doses.

Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) – There is an increased risk of hypercalcemia if vitamin D is administered with thiazide diuretics and calcium. Plasma-calcium concentrations should be monitored in patients receiving the drugs concurrently.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) – Folic acid may reduce the effectiveness of certain seizure preventing medicines such as Fosphenytoin, Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, Primidone. Folic acid may also decrease the effectiveness of methotrexate.

HUMAN REPRODUCTION: Safety in pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Consult a relevant and registered healthcare provider before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Adults: 6-9 Capsules daily (2-3 Capsules, 3 times per day)

SIDE EFFECTS: The antioxidants present in Chaya can have detoxification effects. There are no other known side-effects of Chaya.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions: Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicine is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicine. Health care providers are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions to SAHPRA via the “6.04 Adverse Drug Reactions Reporting Form”, found online under SAHPRA’s publications: https://www.sahpra.org.za/Publications/Index/8.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Patients taking warfarin or any other anticoagulant medication should consult their healthcare provider before taking Chaya. Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVER-DOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENT: Symptoms may include nausea, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, difficulty sleeping and feeling irritable. Treatment requires supportive management and if severe hospitalisation.

IDENTIFICATION: Free flowing green fine powder in veggie capsules.

PRESENTATION: 250ml HDPE Plastic Jar with 38mm White lid.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store in a cool, dry place at 25°C.

REGISTRATION NUMBER: This unregistered medicine has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.

NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: To be allocated.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE PACKAGE INSERT: To be allocated

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