Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Marigold - Calendula officinalis Information Compilation on CD ROM
Marigold Business Opportunities
World Trade in Marigold Flowers is estimated to be of the order of about Rs.500 Crores.
China, India & Peru are the leading countries producing & exporting Marigold flowers.
Major Importing Countries are USA and Europe
The Flower is used in Poultry Feed & Manufacturing in Food Colors & Neutraceuticals
Lutein is purified from marigold extract using patented processes. Researchers at Harvard found that eating 6mg of lutein a day lowered the odds of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older people, by 43%. According to several studies, loading up on lutein also seems to reduce the odds of cataracts by 20% to 50%.
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