“The coca leaf is the hyper-tonic of Nature”
Coca leaves contain a mixture of minerals, vitamins and alkaloids of positive action
for our health and daily activity. Its huge concentration of calcium and iron ,as well as vitamins A and B, among other components, makes them highly recommendable as a nutritional and energetic supplement.
The nutritional value of coca leaves has been investigated in Peru and at Harvard University. Both studies agree on the high nutritional value of these leaves. The Harvard researchers additionally compared the properties of the coca leaves with fifty vegetable food products of Latin America. They concluded that coca leaves present more quantities of calories, proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A and riboflavine than the average of the other fifty Latin American vegetables.
A previous study conducted in Peru by Dr. Carlos Collazos Chiriboga, and team, confirmed the remarkable levels of
calcium, iron and vitamins, mainly A and B, present in coca SEE NUTRITIONAL CHART
leaves. Its calcium levels are even higher than cow’s milk.
It also showed that while Andean chew coca leaves in the same
way they ancestors did many centuries ago, not only do they
absorb the alkaloids, but also vitamins A and B in high amounts.
The coca leaf contains also alkaloids, the most important being cocaine, present in very small quantities(0.5-1%). Its invigorating and anti-fatigue properties are ancient wise knowledge in the Andean world.
One shouldn’t mistake coca for cocaine. Coca leaves are naturally ingested by mouth, while cocaine hydrochloride or paste, as chemical pure compounds, are inhaled or smoked for recreative and eventually addictive purposes. In its natural state ,the coca leave is a complete supplement with beneficial properties. It made Hipólito Unanue, a prominent ancient Peruvian physician, declare it as nothing less than the archi- or super-natural tonic.
Although studies conclude that coca leaves contain a high amount of proteins, they are not easily assimilated like other vegetable proteins.
In recent year, coca leaves have been finely-milled to obtain the so-called “coca flour”, a green powder, mainly in Peru. Its elements and properties are exactly the same as those of natural coca leaves. Such powder or “flour”can be used daily in juices and beverages like a nutrional supplement, or be added to cakes, candies and chocolates.
It’s convenient to mention ,at this time, the research work about the therapeutic value of coca leaves done by Dr. Andrew T. Weil ,of the United States. There he states after several trials and tests that coca leaves are useful to treat several common gastrointestinal ailments,and could be used to reinforce weight reduction and fitness programs. The paper highlights its effective action as a fast-working anti-deppresive,and also as carbohydrate metabolism regulator, pointing out that, as a natural leaf, it doesn’t produce toxicity nor addiction.
In this way, coca tea(mate de coca) in filter tea bags have been expended and consumed for many years in Peru and Bolivia. They are in use mostly to relief stomach pain and intestinal problems, as well as for altitude and motion sickness, among many other practical uses. Similarly to tea, the infusion of chopped coca leaves in hot water is commonly ingested.
In conclusion ,coca leaves offer consumers many benefits as body function regulator, anti stress and anti-fatigue natural product ,mood stabilizer, and integral source of calcium and other micro-nutrients required for human
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