18 Benefits of Jaboticaba - Uses and properties

Jaboticaba is a native Brazilian superfruit that comes from the south american Tropical Rainforest. Its name comes from the loncal indigenous language Tupi and can have two different meanings: the first one means jabuti (indigenous type of tortoise) + caba (fat), that is, the fat of jabuti; alternatively the second meaning comes from the expression "iapoti kaba", or fruits in bud. Often spelled with "u", Jabuticaba, as in native Brazilian Portuguese.

There are several types of jaboticaba, but perhaps the best known is one called Myrciaria cauliflora or jabuticaba-sabará. The fruits of the jaboticaba grow on the trunk of their tree and must be ingested as soon as they are harvested, so they do not oxidize as much, but can also be consumed as juice, jelly, liquor and even wine. Its flavor is sweet with a slightly sour finish.
Jabuticaba tree trunk - Extract of Life - Superfruit extracts
Next, let's describe the properties and benefits of jabuticaba, so when it comes to your time, you can take advantage of it without any guilt!

  • Properties of Jaboticaba

Jaboticaba is an ideal fruit; its pulp has few calories and carbohydrates, and has large amounts of vitamin C and other vitamins such as vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin. It also has minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese and zinc.

A great differential is the properties of its shell because it is rich in anthocyanidin, or vitamin R, said to be 50 times more potent than vitamin E and 20 times more potent than vitamin C. Anthocyanidins are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. flowers with coloring that ranges from red and blue and studies say it has antioxidant properties and helps fight free radicals. Another important substance, contained in the bark of jaboticaba, is pectin, which is a soluble fiber.

Approximate nutritional value of 100 g of Jaboticaba

 Nutritive Principle Value
Energy 45 calories
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fat 0 g
Thiamine 0.01 mg
Phosphorus 14 mg
Fiber 0.6 g
Vitamin C  12 mg
Calcium 6 mg
Anthocyanidin 314 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Niacin (vitamin B3)  2.5 mg

 

  • The 18 Benefits of Jaboticaba

The properties of jaboticaba listed above provide several benefits to our health. We will set them here again, separating into two large groups: the skin and the pulp, and we will carefully describe each property and the benefits of jaboticaba.

What is the skin good for?
Anthocyanidin: As it possesses antioxidant properties and is able to reduce and combat free radicals, which are responsible for inflammation, intoxication and aging of our skin, anthocyanidins can bring various benefits of jaboticaba, such as:

Helps in the recovery of the elasticity and firmness of the skin, being a good fighter of wrinkles, and even can help in the fall of hair;
Helps in reducing the production of histamine in this way, it can help increase the body's resistance, lower bad cholesterol and fight free radicals;
Jaboticabas also help strengthen blood vessels, preventing diseases related to them, such as varicose veins and strokes;
They can help improve memory by protecting cells in the brain and are highly recommended for people of advanced age;
They improve physical endurance, including energy balance and muscle elasticity, and even improving vision;
They have anti-carcinogenic properties;
By helping stabilize the blood sugar rate, they can be highly recommended for diabetics;
Its anti-inflammatory property can help alleviate the pains of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases;
Pectin: This soluble fiber has the ability to reduce the rate of absorption of food properties as they are ingested. In this way, the benefits of jaboticaba from pectin are:

  • In addition to being also indicated for people with hypoglycemia or diabetes, by balancing the level of glucose in the blood, it also contributes to the detoxification of our body, as it helps in the removal of some heavy metals and toxic substances. In this way, it improves the function of the gallbladder and decreases the risk of gallstones;
  • Pectin also helps in fighting high cholesterol and obesity;
  • Pectin can also assist in the healthy functioning of the digestive tract, providing more regular bowel movements and preventing against constipation and diarrhea;
  • If tea is made from the peel of jaboticaba and added honey (or make a syrup), the benefits of jaboticaba extend to assist people with anemia, stress, asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, flu and colds.

 

  • What is the pulp of jaboticaba good for?

The iron contained in your pulp can fight anemia;
Phosphorus, along with other minerals, can assist in the best energy performance metabolism in our body; it also helps fight stress and increase the body's immunity

Vitamin C is known as an ally of our body in the fight against influenza, can also help in infections in general, and even help in cases of allergy, asthma, glaucoma, varicose veins, hypertension, anemia, chronic fatigue, etc.

Niacin, or also called vitamin B3, if not ingested in sufficient quantity, can cause indigestion, skin eruptions and muscular weakness;

Minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, the benefits of jaboticaba can extend to our bones and teeth, as these minerals help to strengthen them, preventing more serious diseases, such as osteoporosis, because it has folic acid and iron, this fruit It can also be recommended for pregnant women, as it may aid in the growth and development of the fetus.

  • How to consume Jaboticaba?

Now we describe the main benefits of jaboticaba for health and good form, let's give some tips on how best to consume it. 

Jaboticaba is very rich in sugar. If possible, it should be consumed as soon as harvested to avoid fermentation. If this process starts to happen, its taste and nutritional properties can be changed; if it is not possible to consume them on the same day, it is best to wash them, dry them and store them in the refrigerator in a well sealed container That is why alimentary supplements as extracts are a good alternative to people that live far from the producing regions. Because most of the benefits of jaboticaba are contained in the skin, the ideal is to consume the whole fruit (only removing the seeds) or to make a juice with the skin and the pulp. The method of preparation can be a bit laborious, since it is necessary that the core is removed, and after the juice is beaten, it must be cooked. It can be mixed with other fruits such as strawberry, acerola, orange, etc. An interesting curiosity is that if lemon drops are added to jaboticaba juice, it can change color, turning red. And if mixed with the pineapple, it may turn blue. This color change is due to the difference in the pH level contained in the fruits.

 

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