Malkangani Oil Benefits and Uses

Discover the astonishingly potent oil for enhancing memory, increasing focus, lowering anxiety, and so much more

Whether you are a student preparing for an exam, in your 40s dealing with the anxieties of family life, or in your 70s wishing for a sharper memory, malkangani oil is the supplement you need. The ancient physicians were aware of its powerful impact on improving brain activity. In fact, they called it jyotishmati (jyoti = light/illumination; mati = brain) in Sanskrit. Modern science confirms that malkangani oil (Celastrus paniculatus) improves memory, increases concentration, and helps you learn new things faster. The bright yellow oil does even more: it alleviates depression, heals joint pain, and protects the liver.

Light up your brain, make it fitter, and sharper

Malkangani oil is a powerful nootropic. It raises the level of a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s critical for enhancing short-term memory.1 Stressed out and ageing brains can suffer from declining levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Daily intake of malkangani oil raises and restores acetylcholine and enhances arousal,2,3 attention, memory, and motivation.4

Given to children with low IQ, malkangni oil raised their intelligence quotient.5 Given to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, the supplement improved accompanying symptoms: memory destruction, deficits in attention, and decreased agitation.6
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt and rewire when exposed to new ideas and experiences. A neuroplastic brain learns faster, has superior cognition, and recovers faster from strokes and brain injuries. Ageing individuals and dementia patients experience rapid decline in brain plasticity. Malkangani oil is a rare supplement that can increase brain plasticity by reorganising neural pathways and creating new neuronal connections.7

Heal and shield the brain from chronic stress and depression

Modern lifestyle has become inseparable from chronic stress. Stress can come from anywhere, but its symptoms are familiar: brain fog, clouded thinking, difficulty sleeping, trouble focusing, and decline in motivation, energy, and libido, etc.
Chronic stress is a silent killer. It drains the mind and harms the body. Chronic stress can trigger anxiety, which:

  • Increases blood pressure
  • Raises blood sugar
  • Causes systemic inflammation
  • Elevates the risk of developing arthritis

Daily use of malkangani oil can address chronic stress and with it, anxiety, agitation, mental clarity and purpose.8

Depression is psychiatric condition where this oil can help. Malkangani oil addresses depression by elevating the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.9 Regular supplementation can alleviate depression related symptoms such as sadness, inattention, and the ability to feel pleasure.

Painkiller par excellence

When all else fails, malkangani oil provides immediate relief from acute and mild pain. There is hardly a better remedy in nature for reducing inflammation. Malkangani has two effects for pain relief: analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

The analgesic properties work when taken orally or when massaged directly at the site of pain. Malkangani oil soothes the nervous system with neuromodulating and sedative effects that dull pain signals from the brain.10,11

Meanwhile anti-inflammatory properties12,13 of malkangani block the enzyme that causes painful inflammation. The oil is effective in reducing the swelling and discomfort in the following conditions:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis14 and osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain due to chikungunya disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gout
  • Psoriasis15
  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Sprains and pulled muscles

Prevent fatty liver disease with antioxidants in malkangani oil

Alcohol overuse, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome can seriously damage the liver. An unhealthy liver can progress to a fatty liver and liver failure. The liver plays a central role in removing toxins from the body. An unhealthy liver shakes the very foundation of a healthy body.

Kaizer Malkangani Oil can help the liver recover from damage16 with its combination of antioxidant components: tocopherols, phenolics, and carotenoids.17 Used as a supplement; this unique oil may postpone the progression of progressive liver diseases.18

A word of caution

Malkangani is a potent medicinal supplement. Pregnant women and individuals on medications should consult with their doctor first before using. Extended use in men may also lead to infertility.

Suggested use

Dosage: Malkangani is bitter tasting but well tolerated. Take 5-15 drops per day for 1-3 times/day. Excessive use can cause nausea and diarrhea. Take note that extended use in men may lead to anti-fertility actions.19
Storage: Keep in a cool and dry place.
Shelf Life: Unopened bottles have a 24-month shelf life. Opened bottles are best to use within 6 months.

The science of malkangani oil and your health
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