24 Facts About Beetle nut


Areca Beetle nut is the seed of the areca palm, which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and parts of east Africa.

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Various compounds present in the Beetle nut, including arecoline, contribute to histologic changes in the oral mucosa.

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Areca Beetle nut is not a true Beetle nut, but rather the seed of a fruit categorized as a berry.

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Areca Beetle nut contains the tannins arecatannin and gallic acid; a fixed oil gum; a little terpineol; lignin; various saline substances; and three main alkaloids—arecoline, arecaidine, and guvacine—all of which have vasoconstricting properties.

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Areca Beetle nut affects almost all organs of the human body, including the brain, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive organs.

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Areca Beetle nut affects the endocrine system, leading to hypothyroidism, prostate hyperplasia and infertility.

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Habitual chewers of betel leaf and areca Beetle nut have a greatly increased risk of developing a range of serious diseases, including cancers of the mouth and esophagus.

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Chewing areca Beetle nut is a cause of oral submucous fibrosis, a premalignant lesion which frequently progresses to mouth cancer.

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Use of areca Beetle nut has been associated with deterioration of psychosis in people with preexisting psychiatric disorders.

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Areca Beetle nut consumption is tied to chronic kidney disease in men as well as reports of milk-alkali syndrome.

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Tannins present in betel Beetle nut are mainly proanthocyanidins along with catechins and arecatannin.

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The areca Beetle nut represented the male principle, and the betel leaf the female principle.

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Betel Beetle nut box crafted by the Maranao people in the Philippines.

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Slices of the dry areca Beetle nut are on the upper left hand and slices of the tender areca Beetle nut on the upper right.

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Beetle nut noted the friendly and genial chief Malope, on Santa Isabel Island, would offer him the combination as a token of friendship every time they met.

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Traditionally, this fragrant Beetle nut is cut in half and placed on top of a cone made of local betel leaf, which has a dash of lime put into it.

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Areca Beetle nut chewing has recently been introduced into Vanuatu, where it is growing in popularity, especially in the northern islands of the country.

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In Guam and the neighboring Northern Mariana Islands, betel and areca Beetle nut chewing is a social pastime as a means to extend friendship, and can be found in many, if not most, large gatherings as part of the food display.

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In Palau, betel Beetle nut is chewed with lime, piper leaf and nowadays, with the addition of tobacco.

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Unlike in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, where the inner areca Beetle nut is used, in Palau, the areca Beetle nut's skin is chewed along with lime, leaf and tobacco and the juice is not swallowed but spat out.

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The habit of chewing betel Beetle nut is often associated with blue-collar labor industries such a long-haul transportation, construction, or fishing.

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For example, studies have shown chewing betel Beetle nut is prevalent among taxi, bus and truck drivers, who rely on the stimulating effect of betel Beetle nut to cope with long work hours.

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Possession of betel Beetle nut or leaf is banned in the UAE and is a punishable offense.

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Initiation of areca Beetle nut consumption appears to depend on complex psychosocial factors.

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