I checked the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and found out this information: Candlenut is also known as Candleberry, Tung Seed and Balucanat. The oil from this seed is used in soaps, linoleum, and in wood preservation and varnish (for example tung oil)
It is likely UNSAFE when used orally. This seed is believed to contan the toxins toxalbumin and hydrogen cyanide. The toxicity level ranges from servere stomach pain and irritation to death. Even a single seed might cause severe poisoning. The seed also has a laxative effect. Candlenut can promote excessive sweating, stomach pain, violent vomiting, diarrhea, slowed reflexes, slowed breathing and possible death. Skin contact can cause dermatitis.
Hope this information helps SP Registered Dietitian Becky
has anyone ever heard of the candlenut? My co worker has been eating one nut a day and lost 20lb in 6 months. She got in from Mex where its called nunes de india i read up on it and it seems like an organic laxative with more positive side effects like hair growth stimulation. "Hawaiians used the kernel of kukui nuts as a laxative and the bark for asthma
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im not sure if its healthy or safe. does anyone have experience with that?
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