QUASSIA AMARA (bitter wood)

Quassia Amara better know as bitter wood, is a small tropical tree, growing only 2- 6 m. Amargo bark contains many active constituents including bitter principles reported to be 50 times more bitter than QUININE.

While amargo bark, it also contains another chemical called quassin.

The large amount of quassin, in bark and wood gives amargo a biterness rating of 40 000, it also contains the phytochemicals QUASSIMARIN and SIMALIKALACTONE what has demonstrated his medicinal use as digestion stimulant , blood cleanser , insecticide an mild laxative and others.

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