Red Pandanus Specialty
What’s so special about this fruit?
In our search for new herbal active ingredients, the ethnobotanical approach which lead us to the Pandanus considered the following questions: How do other cultures use the fruit? What information is available to us from modern science today?
The native people of Papua are already familiar with Pandanus conoideus as a source of food. A natural dye (carotenoids) and a red oil are also obtained from the plant through pressing or cooking. Pandanus fruit is available on the markets of Indonesia, usually in the form of freshly pressed oil. Due to their traditional practises, the locals are convinced that the plant is suitable both as an eye and skin medication and to treat tumours and worms. The uses of the fruit and of its preparations range from food additives to remedies for gastrointestinal complaints, wound healing and dry skin. Based on the disease conditions defined in traditional applications, an anti-inflammatory potential can be derived as a characteristic. Our own scientific studies confirmed that Pandanus has an anti-inflammatory potential. For the Pandanus extract EVOR9476 which we produce, in-vitro tests on biomarkers for inflammations such as TNFα resulted in IC50 values of about 20 µg/ml. This test result is considered to be very potent and the activity is several times greater than that of the pressed Pandanus oils traditionally used.