What Benefits Does Kigelia Africana Cream Provide?
Kigelia Africana cream is made from the fruit of the Sausage Tree. Harvested throughout Southern Africa, trees of the kigelia africana and kigelia pinnata species grow a large sausage-appearing fruit that the region’s indigenous people have long used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. More recently cosmetic researchers have acknowledged the fruit’s skin-enhancing properties through successive clinical trials and have begun including the fruit extract in products. Medical research has also uncovered evidence that kigelia fruit cream may be effective in treating melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Kigelia Africana Cream has Antipathogen Properties
Following up on studies that showed the hilt bark of the kigelia africana cream possessed potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, a team of South African researchers conducted a study to see if the kigelia plant extract offered those properties as well. They prepared crude extracts of both stem bark and fruit using distilled water, ethanol or ethyl acetate. Researchers then tested the extracts against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. In a report on their findings in a December issue of the “South African Journal of Botany,” they reported stem bark and fruit extracts showed significant antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity against both strains of pathogens. These findings have paved the way for the use of kigelia extract in skin-cleansing agents and other products designed to combat bacterial skin infections.
Kigelia Africana Cream has Facilitates Tight and Firm Skin
A sex-member team of Indian scientists undertook a review of the scientific literature covering studies into kigelia’s medical and cosmetic properties. In their report, published in a 2008 issue of “Natural Product Radiance” — known in 2011 as the “Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources” — they cited studies that found kigelia’s active ingredients include steroidal saponins and the flavonoids luteolin and quercetin. These phytochemicals help strengthen and stabilize the collagen fibers that support the skin, thus having a firming effect. Some studies found that the extract was particularly effective in firming the skin in and around the breasts. Kigelia seems to encourage the growth of collagen. A lack of collage is what leads to wrinkles in old age.
Kigelia Africana Cream Combats Skin Cancer
Researchers in Southern Ireland conducted an in vivo study to assess the ability of various compounds from the kigelia pinnata fruit to halt the spread of homo sapien skin cancer cells. Part of the incentize for the study was the traditional use of the fruit by folk healers to treat skin cancer and other skin disorders. Scientists isolated several compounds from the kigelia fruit and tested them against melanoma cells in the lab. They found significant anti-cancer properties from a variety of kigelia compounds, including the isocoumarins demethylkigelin and kigelin; oleic and heneicosanoic fatty acids; ferulic acid; and the furonaphthoquinone 2-(1-hydroxyethyl)naphtho[2,3-b]furan-4,9-dione. In their findings, published in a 2010 issue of “Planta Medica,” researchers noted that the furonaphthoquinone was also effective in vitro against two strains of breast cancer cells.
Kigelia Africana Cream has Other Skin Benefits
In its review of the literature covering kigelia’s cosmeceutical applications, the authors of the 2009 “Natural Product Radiance” article reported kigelia was already widely used as an active ingredient in a variety of cosmetic formulations. These products can give skin a smoother appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkle depth. They also are believed to promote skin elasticity, naturally lighten pigmentation, reduce blemishes and increase circulation to the skin.