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Alternative Names

Achiotillo, Achiote, Annotta, Annato, Arnotta, Arbre Rouge à Lèvre, Bija, Lipstick Tree, Latkan, Rocou, Roucou, Rocouyer

Scientific Name

Bixa Orellana

Why Do People Use Annatto?

Annatto powder is utilized to cure diarrhea, diabetes, heartburn, fevers, hepatitis, malaria, diuretic, as an antioxidant and purgative. Bixa Orellana (Annatto) is also used for vaginitis, burn and as an insect repellent. For food purpose, annatto powder is utilized as a coloring agent.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly safe - Annatto powder is most likely safe as long as it is consumed in doses generally present in food stuff. In the America, Annatto is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Pregnancy and Lactation - Those females who are either pregnant, want to get pregnant soon or are breastfeeding their babies should avoid the use of Bixa Orellana as there is not enough information to rate the safety of this herb in these conditions.

How Effective Is Annatto?

Insufficient date makes it difficult to rate the effectiveness of annatto powder.

How Annatto Works?

The pertinent part of Bixa Orellana is the seed. Scientists think the coloring action of annatto is due to carotenoids, generally norbixin and bixin, present in it. These carotenoids, however, don’t possess properties similar to vitamin A.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Annatto?

Not known.

How Annatto Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Annatto Interacts With Drugs?

Antidiabetic Drugs - The interaction of annatto powder with antidiabetic drugs is mostly of moderate action and caution should be observed. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels is required because of the claims that Bixa Orellana may have hyperglycemic impacts.

How Annatto Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Annatto Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Annatto Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Surgery - Blood glucose levels may be affected by the use of annatto powder. Annatto may react with blood glucose control during and after surgical process. Advice patients to stop using Bixa Orellana minimum 2 weeks prior any surgical process.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Annatto?

ORAL dosage normally utilized is 1-2 grams of powdered leaf in tablets form or capsules twice every day. Annatto is additionally utilized with ratio of 4:1 tincture in dose of 2-4 ml two times every day.


For commercial purpose this herb is used as coloring agent in food items.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Annatto Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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