Cassia Nomame, whose scientific name is Cassia Mimosoides L. var. Nomame Makino, is a plant of the Leguminous Favacee family, traditionally known as Cassia, although in Asia it is called "Kawara-Ketumei" and "Senna sensitive".
It is native to Southern Africa, but over time has spread throughout Western and Eastern Africa and also grows spontaneously in some areas of South-East Asia, China and South America.
There are various species, which can be classified into seven groups. The plant, which is found above all along the rivers and on the humid soils, reaches a height of about one and a half meters and is usually annual, even if in some cases a part of the trunk can lignify and make so that the plant becomes perennial.
The leaves are formed by many pairs of sharp and asymmetrical leaflets, the small flowers are yellow.
The researchers of the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences of Okayama University have been researching the composition of the Cassia Nomame for many years. Analyzing the leaves, luteolin, which is a pancreatic lipase inhibitor, was prominent, and a series of polyphenols were identified, with the ability to perform the same action but to a lesser extent.
Analyzing the fruits, they were able to see the presence of flavan dimers, also capable of a strong inhibitory action on pancreatic lipase.
In other words, Cassia Nomame is able to reduce the absorption of fats up to 30%, keeping under control the total calories intake that our body takes and at the same time reducing the level of cholesterol and triglycerides present in the blood.
Use and ownership
In addition to analytical studies and laboratory pharmacology activities, researchers at Okayama University also carried out experiments on rats, where positive effects on liver steatosis and fat and heart and kidney accumulation were found.
After feeding two animal groups for a few weeks with a diet containing 60% fat and at the same time administering, only to one group, an extract of Cassia Nomame, it was ascertained in the group that had taken Cassia a considerable reduction in fat mass, remaining in excellent health.
These data thus confirming that Cassia Nomame can be used in the treatment of obesity even in humans.
Therefore, despite according to traditional Chinese medicine it has therapeutic properties such as treating migraine, vertigo and edema, and to enhance the diuretic action of tea, the main function of Cassia Nomame is to inhibit fat absorption in blood circulation. This happens because the substances contained in Cassia are lipase inhibitors and damage the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of fats, causing the caloric content of the fat molecules to not be released into the blood.
Therefore Cassia Nomame is an excellent alternative as a surrogate for inhibitory drugs, above all because it offers a natural solution to the problems of circulation of fats, and also does not interfere with the absorption of vitamins.
Not only that, but it also acts as a natural diuretic because it helps thermogenesis, ie the burning of fat cells in the body. It practically "burns" fats.
Another excellent property of Cassia Nomame is its anti-swelling action, being able to fight water retention, so it can be used against cellulite and to get the so-called "flat stomach".
Furthermore it seems that the Cassia Nomame extract also performs a regenerating function on the skin, especially to fight stretch marks.
The most useful substances are extracted from the whole plant, including the seeds and leaves, although a greater concentration of active ingredients has been found inside the seeds, which once ground take a dark brown color.
The Cassia Nomame extract, dry, is used in "nutraceuticals" preparations, associated with other supplements and active ingredients. These preparations are readily available on the market, especially in the herbal market as food supplements, and also in pharmaceutical tablets, with the function of acting as an adjuvant in low-calorie diets, in fact it is a mixture where other plants are present, such as the Rhodiola rosea, able to reduce the feeling of hunger.
Experts advise taking the powder extract because, even if it has a lower yield than the pills, it is undoubtedly healthier since it does not damage the liver.
In commercial preparations the dosage that is normally found is 200 grams of extract to be taken half an hour before meals, but this standardized dosage is not always correct because it depends very much on the individual's ability to absorb the substance.
To make Cassia Nomame even more effective in its "degreasing" function, it is also possible to resort to small dietary precautions to reactivate the metabolism, such as consuming oily seeds (sunflower and / or linen) a teaspoon in the morning during breakfast and another a snack with a yoghurt.
Cassia nomame: Side effects
As for the side effects, it can be said that until now there have been no problems arising from the use of Cassia Nomame.
In any case, it is always good for people with particular pathologies to consult their doctor before taking the extract.