Kenaf leafs scientifically a valuable fiber plant inherent to Africa and India.
This Kenaf leafs has active components such as saponins, tannins, alkaloids, polyphenolics, steroids and essential oils. Also used in India and Africa in traditional folk medicine.
In southern Asian countries Kenaf leaves consumed in diet.
The seeds are used to extract oil that is edible for the human consumption. This oil possesses alpha-linolenic acid that is essential omega-3 fatty acid which possesses antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
This oil possesses phytosterol that has anti-oxidant, anticancer and lipid lowering cholesterol properties. Extracted by using organic solvents such as petroleum or n-hexane.