Chaya (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) has a significant protein content and is rich in flavonoids, tannins, and saponins. These characteristics grant it hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Chaya is traditionally used in Central America to prevent and treat such diverse conditions as inflammation, diabetes (there is strong evidence for this benefit), obesity, heart disease (it lowers LDL-cholesterol and high blood pressure), fever, kidney stones, varicose veins, gastro-intestinal disorders, respiratory infections and eye problems. It is used as a laxative, diuretic, circulation stimulant, to improve digestion, to stimulate lactation, and to harden the fingernails. It is also considered to protect the heart, liver and kidneys from toxins, especially under protein-energy malnutrition.
Recommended dosage: 2.5ml taken 2 x daily in a small glass of water or juice on an empty stomach for better absorption.