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    The Chemical Constituents of Jagua

    principallyJagua Tattoo Products are manufactured from Genipa Americana Extract, which is quite simply a jagua fruit extract that retains the otherwise degenerative colouring properties of the jagua fruit itself. The naturally occuring chemical constituents of jagua are often referred to as ‘Biochemicals’ or ‘Phytochemicals’, because they are occur naturally within the plant matter. There are many phytochemicals present in a jagua tree, but for the purposes of jagua body art we are primarily concerned with those phytochemicals found within the jagua fruit itself.

    The Key Phytochemicals in Jagua Fruit are:

    • Sugars
    • D-Mannitol
    • Tannin
    • Malic Acid
    • Genipin
    • Caffeine
    • Potassium

    The ‘Genipin’ is principally responsible for the colourant property of the jagua fruit.  Though the tannin and the caffeine seem to have a complimentary beneficial effect. Fortunately the jagua extraction process preserves the colouring content so well that you don’t need to be a kitchen chemist to enhance the colouring properties to get a great colour jagua tattoo!

    Other Phytochemicals in Jagua Fruit Leaves are:

    • Aluminium
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Ash
    • Boron
    • Copper
    • Fibre
    • Fat
    • Genipic Acid
    • Genipinic Acid
    • Glycerides
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Niacin
    • Nitrogen
    • Phosphorous
    • Protein
    • Riboflavin
    • Sodium
    • Thiamin
    • Water
    • Zinc

    This list may be updated in the future as and when new phytochemicals are discovered.

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