Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Tree with Thousands Uses

Filipino Buko Pandan I was looking for an idea to write and my attention was attracted to a certain plant existing for along time with the history of man from generation to generation. This is what I found and I wanted to share the good news to other people about this plant. 

My subject for this research article has taught me a lot of things about its existing and how people could benefit from consuming and using it. Now I can shout to the whole world that to own this tree is a legacy. The only tree existing in the world with thousands uses - from the tips of its leaves down to the tips of its roots!

Scientific studies have shown that this plant has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties and is now even being used in treating AIDS patients. Studies conducted in the Philippines showed that it does indeed reduce the viral load in AIDS patients.

That claim was supported by Jon J. Kabara, PH.D and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University said, "Never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize the value of lauric oils. The medium-chain fats in it are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar nutriceutical effects." 

Buko Salad However, the origin of this plant is not yet fully determined as it is still subject for debate for the following reasons:
(1) Most authorities claim it is native to  South Asia while others claim its origin is in northwestern South America.
(2) Fossil records from New Zealand indicate that those plants grew there as long as 15 million years ago.
(3) Even older fossils have been uncovered in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Thennai in Kerala on the banks of River Palar, Then-pennai, Thamirabharani, Cauvery and Mountain sides at Kerala borders, Konaseema-Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)
(4) The oldest known so far in Khulna, Bangladesh.
(5) Mention is made in the 2nd–1st centuries BC in the Mahawamsa of Sri Lanka. The later Culawamsa states that King Aggabodhi I (575–608) planted them on his garden of 3 yojanas length, possibly believed as the earliest recorded plantation.

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