The invention provides a new application of Aframomum plants in improving male penile rigidity, and/or treating male erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Until now, it forms the basic component of most herbal preparations. Advocates say it helps to other herbs to mix better and enhance their effect. It is used extensively in dishes in West and North Africa. It has a long history of being used medicinally as a digestive aid.
“The pharmaceutical composition of the present invention is characterized in that: it is not aphrodisiac, unlike as mentioned when describing the fresh fruit of Aframomum melegueta, but it allow constant penile rigidity while delaying ejaculation in both healthy and non-healthy men; it is highly potent in terms of penile rigidity and may act synergistically with alcoholic beverages to maintain sufficient libido and to ensure successive ejaculation/re-erection processes; it prevents premature ejaculation while improving constant penile rigidity, and it allows men to maintain both libido and penile rigidity at such a level that no erection failure does occur during the sexual relationship.
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On the effect on men, Onyeka said: “Alligator pepper works on the whole erectile cycle but little on male libido. With or without previous problems, you can expect a better quality erection: Easier, harder and longer erection. Helps to delay ejaculation. Faster recuperation time. Sexual vitality helps to preserve a healthy prostate.”
One the major uses and functions, Onyeka said: “At the age of 20, the human body starts to lose sexual vitality. Many factors contribute to this situation: stress, bad food habits, among others. Alligator pepper works on the hormonal receptors. It reactivates these receivers without causing surplus storage. This was demonstrated in a clinical study when results showed that Alligator pepper is not more effective if a person takes a significantly larger dose.
In Senegal, seeds of Aframomum melegueta are usually mixed with salt and rubbed to the interior of the mouth as treatment of sleeping sickness.
The pharmaceutical composition of present invention are intended for oral or topical administration which constitutes one of the main advantages of the present invention with respect to the prior art therapy.
Rhizomes of other species are used as ingredient for the preparation of remedy for infertility, to promote conception and the fresh fruits are used some times as tonic for sexual stimulation. Several plants in the genus are also used as purgative, galactogogue and anthelmintic and as hemostatic agent. Seeds of some species are also used with leaves of Urera oblongifolia as an external treatment for tumours.
Alligator pepper (Aframomum melegueta) is a spice that is widely used in many cultures for entertainment, religious rites, food flavor and as a part of many traditional doctors medications. Pregnant women are among those who ingest Alligator pepper in these activities. This experiment was carried out to determine the health risk or benefit of Alligator pepper to pregnant women if any. Fifteen male rats and fifteen female rats of proven fertility from a pilot study were randomly paired in fifteen cages in a well ventilated room. After three days of mating, the males were withdrawn from the females, which were allowed to stay in their separate maternity cages for 18-25 days. The females in the control group were fed with normal rat chow and clean drinking water ad libitum for the duration of the experiment. Each of the rats in the experimental group was served 20 g of rat chow mixed with 50mg of Alligator pepper for one day only and thereafter fed with normal rat chow and clean drinking water ad libitum for 18-25 days. The rats in the control group had a mean of 7 litters each, while the rats in the experimental group did not litter at all. It was concluded that ingestion of large quantities of Alligator pepper poses a health risk to women in their first trimester of pregnancy.
For a super zingy, easy peanut-based sauce, add 1/4 teaspoon crushed alligator pepper to the peanut butter of your choice with a pinch of sea salt and a healthy glug of high-quality oil.
The whole plant is used, not just for its peppercorns, but also for medical purposes: The rhizomes (aka rootstalks) are traditionally used as antimicrobial and antifungal remedies; the long leaves are used as a treatment for measles and gastrointestinal issues; and the seeds have anti-inflammatory properties.
Once you try it, you’ll understand exactly where to place it in your pantry and recipes.
Black, pink, red, white and green — all colors of peppercorns you have seen, heard of or have in a grinder in your cupboard. They are all bright, punchy and a staple for most cuisines across the globe. However, there is a “new” (but actually ancient) pepper in town, alligator pepper (Aframomum melegueta), which got its name from the reptilian-like bark on the seeds’ pod. Its seeds are also commonly known as grains of paradise because it was claimed by medieval spice traders that these peppery seeds grew only in Eden and had to be collected as they floated down the river, out of paradise. (We love a good origin story.) Other names for these seeds are melegueta pepper, Guinea grains, ossame or fom wisa.
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Once crushed, the seeds release a combination of flavor notes — from the initial pungent, peppery flavor to a floral aroma with hints of jasmine, cardamom and clove. It’s a little nutty, earthy, citrusy and can even have menthol and eucalyptus notes. If you bite into one, you’ll notice that the peppery heat slowly intensifies and develops on your palate. They are great used as a spice rub for fish, especially if you toast them in a dry frying pan before crushing.
Alligator pepper is a good source of various minerals, including calcium, magnesium and zinc. The amino acids, which are used to build proteins, found in alligator pepper include l-Threonine; humans don’t naturally produce this amino acid so we need to get it from our diet. Alligator pepper contains many antioxidants, which come in the form of flavonoids, tannins and terpenoids, providing benefits that include scavenging free radicals in the body that can cause inflammation.
I personally use a scant amount every day as a substitute for coarse ground black pepper. I love the bold eucalyptus and citrus notes for salad dressings and pesto, for example. It works amazingly well in a compound butter, spiced baked goods and spiced fruit syrups. My cookbook includes at least 50 recipes where there’s a dash of this magic in various stocks, stews and marinades. You can also use it to make your own African peppercorn spice mix by toasting and grinding it with cubeb (Ashanti pepper). My local gin distillery, Gaslight, in the Hackney Wick neighborhood of east London, uses it to infuse their amazing botanical creations, for example. The possibilities are endless.
What is alligator pepper?
During the harvesting season, men and younger children will go collect the pods from the plant while women remove the seeds from the pulp by cracking it open and smacking them out with their hands or the side of a knife. The seeds are then placed on leaves and left out to dry in the sun. Once completely dried, they are tightly wrapped inside the leaves and sold.
Native to West Africa (which is sometimes fittingly referred to as the Pepper Coast) and a member of the ginger family, this pepper plant can grow up to five feet tall. It has thin, lance-like leaves that produce trumpet-shaped, purple flowers. As the flower blooms, it begins to develop into 5-to-7-centimeter-long, grayish-brown, wrinkled, alligator-skin–like, dried pods that contain the very small seeds.