Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) - Melegueta pepper, a perennial plant in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is used as seasoning, although its properties used in supplementation are much more interesting.
When it comes to biological activity Aframomum melegueta demonstrates considerable similarity to ginger. It is used as therapy in the treatment of eating disorders, reduces digestive discomfort and supports the functionality of intestines.
Aframomum melegueta is also a frequent ingredients of weight loss supplements, due to its ability to increase insulin sensitivity. In this way, it supports proper metabolism of carbohydrates, the disorders of which are a common reason for problems with weight loss. Some sources also say that Aframomum melegueta increases metabolic rate, promoting basic daily energy expenditure of the organism.
This plant is also used as aphrodisiac. According to some sources it may increase the level of testosterone, although current studies do not confirm this scope of effectiveness of Aframomum melegueta.