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25th February, 2023 Health

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  • Commonly known as 'Borthekera' in Assamese, Garcinia pedunculata, a medicinal plant has been found to protect from heart diseases.
  • Scientists of Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), an autonomous institute of the department of science and technology (DST), reported the findings.


  • The sun-dried slices of the ripe fruit are used for culinary and medicinal purposes and are known to have therapeutic properties like anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic, nephroprotective, and even neuroprotective activity.
  • Traditionally forbidden for raw consumption, in Assam, dried slices are used for preparing delicacies like "Tenga Diya Masor Jol" (sour fish curry).
  • It can also be prepared with other vegetables, especially fritters made with lentils.
  • A traditional Assamese home also used to soak it in water and the liquid as home-remedy for stomach problems.