For scientific analysis, the scientist had sent samples of pearl powder to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in Cochin, which established the pearls do contain all the mentioned metals and minerals.
In the pearl culturing operation, one to three-years-old oysters undergo surgical implantation, known as seeding, in which mantle issue is taken from the donor oyster and grafted in the recipient oyster along with the nucleus
Then these oysters are kept in laboratory condition for healing, after which they are transferred to the sea placed in the cages where they remain six months to two year for pearl formation. The oyster can produce more than one pearl in its life time by taking good care of it, including regular cleaning of the outer shell to remove seaweed.
“We have produced the pearls in a controlled environment in the lab in most aseptic conditions. They are found to contain traces of metal and minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium and potassium,” Sonkar said.
“These micro-nutrients are essential for various body functions such as metabolism, growth and immunity. Of them, zinc has been found to be playing a major role in preventing fatal diseases like cancer,” he said.
Pearls rich in essential minerals can help treat killer diseases like cancer, a leading scientist has claimed.