Health benefits of Achiote

Health benefits of Achiote

Annato seeds are the seeds of the achiote tree. The fruit and seeds of this tree grow in clusters with reddish brown pods and seeds. They are commonly used for dyeing cosmetic products. You can also make an achiote paste and use it for your skin. We have listed out some of the common health benefits of achiote paste and annatto seeds.

Antioxidant properties

Achiote extract also contains a large number of antioxidants properties and acts strongly in diabetic patients. The entire mechanism of its working is difficult to explain but it is certainly helpful for the body. The antioxidant properties in seeds also benefit the health of the skin and are also added to cosmetic products because of this reason. Annatto paste can be applied to the skin to fight wrinkles, sun damage and various other signs of aging.


Achiote can also be used as a treatment for diabetes. The extracts of achiote seeds are known as annatto. They exhibit an effect which lowers the level of glucose in patients suffering from diabetes and exhibits the ability to induce hyperglycemia. They are used in various Central and South American countries.

extracts of achiote seeds

Better eyesight

The bright red color of annatto seeds is due to carotenoids which are also the reason for the orange color of carrots. Carotenoids are beneficial for the eye and prevent diseases like macular degeneration, cataracts, and other degenerative eye diseases.

Strong Bones

Achiote is also high in calcium. They boost the concentration of calcium in the body and reduces the chances of any bone-related diseases. They also make it less likely for you to suffer from bone breaks and weakening of bones.

Anticancer activity

Achiote contains a pigment called norbixin which provides protection against damaged caused to DNA by the UV radiation and various other harmful agents. Noroxin is known to neutralize the damage caused by free radicals and can help in fighting cancer.


Achiotes are good for the entire body with no side effects.