Malva Nut (Sterculia Lychnophora)

Botinacal Name: Sterculia Lychnophora

Common Name: Malva Nut

Hindi Name: Niranjan Phal

  • Specification:

Bold Quality

Size: 2-3cm length

Moisture: 8% Max

  • Packing: 50Kgs/Jute Bag
  • Loading: 10 MT/20ft DC
  • Origin: Vietnam



Product Description

What Is Malva Nut ?

Malva nut is known as Niranjan Phal or China Phal in Hindi. In South Indian languages like Tamil and Telugu it is known as Umasmangu or Umasmang. Malva Nut’s scientific name is Sterculia Lychnophora.  Malva Nut is also known as “Taiwanese Sweet Gum”. It is native to South East Asia. Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and India are the main Malva Nut producing countries.

Malva Nuts

Malva Nuts

Although, it was made popular by the Chinese due to the seed being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Malva Nut or Umasmang is an Ayurveda herb. Moreover, it is also constantly used in Siddha Medicines (Siddha Vaidhyam) in South India.

Malva Nut is also known as :

  • Pang Da Hai (which, literally means “fat sea”) in Chinese.
  • Kembang Semangkuk in Malay
  • Samraon in Khmer
  • Naranjan Phal in Marathi
  • Hat Duoi Uoi in Vietnam

Health Benefits Of Malva Nuts As Per Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Chinese claim that, medicinally, it was first recorded in Ben Cao Gang Mu Shi Yi (Supplements to Compendium of Materia Medica). The Malva Nut is referred as “Pang Da Hai” or “fat sea”, because of the fact that it’s cracked rind will expand 6 to 8 times it’s original size, once it is soaked in water.

Soacked Malva Nuts

Soaked Malva Nuts

 According to the Chinese medicine’s literature, the Malva Nut has two major healing properties which can be considered as the health benefits of Malva Nut.

In terms of cooling down and dispersing the lung “qi”, the Malva nut can be used for the treatment of acute pharyngitis and tonsillitis induced by wind-heat attacking the lung. Apart from that, it can also be used to relieve sore throats. The Malva nut is also beneficial for those suffering from cough (both dry cough and productive cough with phleghm), flu, scratchy sore throat, voice loss, mild or extremely swollen sore throat, and dry throat among others.

Apart from that, the Malva nut is also used to treat constipation caused by internal heat as the Malva nut has the healing properties to moisten the intestines which can regularize one’s bowel movements.

Health Benefits Of Malva Nuts As Per Ayurveda & Siddha Medicine

As we have already mentioned above, the Malva Nut is known as Niranjan Phal or Umasmangu in India. As per Ayurveda and Siddha medicines, Malva nut is extremely beneficial for cooling down the body and it is a recommended herbs to be consumed during summer and during the period of “Agni Nakshatra”. The health benefits of Malva Nut (Umasmang) as per Ayurveda and Siddha medications are :

  • Cooling
    • Cools down the entire body therefore, it is recommended for the following ailments :
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Flu
      • Phlegm
      • Sinus
      • Asthma
      • Pneumonia
      • Sore throats
      • Tonsillitis (Tonsils)
      • Pharyngitis
      • Throat infections
      • Bloodshot eyes due to internal heat
      • Boils due to internal heat
      • Rashes due to internal heat
      • Irregular Bowel Movements
      • Irregular menstrual cycle due to internal heat
      • Headaches due to internal heat
      • Virility
      • Insomnia and sleep disorders due to internal heat
  • Cleansing and Detoxifying
    • As a detoxifying agent (Anti- toxicity), anti-inflammatory, and as antioxidant :
      • Acne
      • Pimples
      • Pimples in the body and for boils that are due to toxic in the body
      • Skin diseases like sorely rashes, eczema, and psoriasis
      •  For cleansing the urinary organs (bladder, kidney, et cetera) and to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI)
      • For removing water retention in the body.
      • For removing toxic in the body due to irregular bowel movements.
      • To relieve constipation
      • To relive from bloody stool (blood in stool due to internal heat)
      • For edema
      • To relieve gastric, peptic ulcers, as well as for stomach ulcers
      • To relieve arthritis (excessive water in between the joints)
      • To relieve heartburn
  • As it contains chemotherapeutic properties, it can also be used for the treatment and for the prevention of cancers.

In modern times, Malva nut has become a food for the diet conscious as it will keep you full for quite a long period of time. Moreover, it is very low in calorie and rich in fibre. In certain parts of South East Asia, the Malva Nuts (or it’s by products) are included in beauty products (beauty drinks, anti-aging drinks, and antioxidant capsules) and skincare products (soaps, facial cleansers, face masks, body scrubs, and body lotions).

Malva Nut Drink

Malva Nut Drink Mixed With Sabja Seeds

As we have learned what is Malva nut as well as the health benefits of Malva nut (health benefits of Umasmangu). Now, let’s take a quick look at the organic properties of Malva nuts. Malva nuts are rich in antioxidants : flavanoids especially, quercetin and anti-mutagenics : phenolic especially, gallic acid. Apart from that, it is also rich in soluble fibre, calcium, iron, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2, and iodine. The bassorin contained in Malva Nuts can also reduce the mucosal inflammation and relieve spastic pain. The water extract of Malva Nuts which acts as a mild laxative, helps to promote bowel movements. Those suffering from constipation should consume the kernel (skin) of the Malva Nut (without removing it).

How To Consume Malva Nuts (How To Eat Umasmangu)?

1. Wash the Malva nuts and soak it in water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2) Remove the skin if you are to consume it for the purpose of relieving cough, sore throats, throat infections, et cetera. Otherwise, you can consume it along with the skin. If you do not like the taste of the skin, you may remove it too.

3) If it is too large, you may want to finely slice it into smaller pieces. (Recommended for kids).

4) Add it into your favourite beverages like coconut water, jeera water, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, apple juice, rose milk drink (avoid chemically produced colourants), green tea, lemon tea, chrysanthemum tea, jasmine tea, rose bud tea, or even in plain water mixed with pure honey, rock sugar, or jaggery. You can also add Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds) together with your Malva nuts’ drink. However, avoid mixing Malva Nuts with carbonated and alcoholic drinks as it will produce adverse effects to your health.

5) The Chinese will add the Malva Nuts into soups and traditional cooling beverages like “tong sui” and “leng chee kang” (where the Malva Nuts will be boiled together).

6) In Thailand and Vietnam, Malva Puddings and Malva cakes are quite famous.

* You can soak the Malva Nuts in hot water but, avoid boiling it as it will decrease the healing properties. The best will be to soak the them in a lukewarm water for 20 minutes.

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