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Benefits of Araçá for health

The Araca is a small fruit of round, with seeds and of various colors depending on the species, may have yellowish tones, greenish or even orange.

It is scientifically known as Psidium, belonging to the Myrtaceae family , originated in the southeast region of Africa.

Its flowers have five white, fragrant petals, and its shrub is about five meters tall. Its fruits are sought after by birds and fruit bats and its flowers are sought after by native bees, thus contributing to its preservation.

Your plant prefers brighter, more humid and high altitude places, but it is also resistant to frost. In Brazil, the araçá is more common to be found from Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul.

Araçá fruit has a flavor similar to guava. This fruit is rich in Vitamins A, B and C, Carbohydrates and Proteins.

The fruiting of araçá occurs mainly in summer and spring. The araçazeiro has the ability to attract fauna due to its rapid growth. This can bring benefits to degraded areas, providing the recovery of forests.

The roots and oil extracted from the araçá leaves can bring many benefits. They work as an antidiarrheal and an antibiotic.

The araçá fruit has little acidity and a stronger smell than guava. There are several species of araçazeiros that produce tasty fruits, which can be eaten on the berries and when they are ripe.

Despite its acidity, it is more common for araçá to be consumed in the form of sweets, drinks and ice cream, as its pulp is considered to be very succulent and tasty.

Like many trees and plants, the leaves of the araçá are very well used in Brazilian medicine.

Fruit has many benefits for our health and can easily be added to our daily diet.

It is well known in Brazil for being a native fruit, tasty and well known, being present in various Brazilian ecosystems such as the Amazon, the Pantanal, the Cerrado, the Pampas Gauchos and the Atlantic Forest.

It is recommended that the araçá be consumed shortly after harvesting or purchasing, as, in addition to being a very fragile fruit, it quickly becomes perishable.

Now that you know a little about the araçá fruit and what it is used for, keep reading so that you know about its great benefits, how to apply it in your daily diet and even how to use it for healing!

BENEFITS OF ARAÇÁ

Araçá has a high content of Vitamin C, totaling about three or four times what oranges provide, as well as having antioxidant activities.

Vitamins A and B can also be found in fruit, in addition to its carbohydrates, proteins and antioxidants. For having these characteristics, the araçá is strongly indicated for the treatment of flu, colds, infections, constipation and anxiety.

And its benefits don’t stop there! The fruit is still rich in Calcium, Iron and Phosphorus. As such, it contains enough nutrients for health treatments.

It has essential oils with antimicrobial activities, anthocyanins and carotenoids. In addition to being mucilaginous and astringent, as the fruit has several minerals, it can be used to fight diseases such as diarrhea and inflammatory diseases.

The araçá plant can be very resistant to pests and diseases. It is able to strengthen the immune system, preventing disease, as well as being used as a treatment for osteoporosis and also as therapeutic properties.

Consisting of water, vitamins, mineral salts, acid, sugar, cellulose, iron, calcium, fiber and many other nutrients, the benefits of araçá provide us with much better health and quality of life.

The fruit is indicated for preventing osteoporosis, combating excess uric acid, anemia and constipation. It also has its anthocyanins and phenol composition with potent antioxidant activities.

There are some species of araçá plants, whose bark can be used to stop bleeding in general. Araçá-de-Coroa is one of them.

Araçá fruit, rich in dietary fiber, is very effective in heart problems and high levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, in addition to being an excellent digestive.

There are several species of araçás, the most common being: yellow araçá, red araçá, guava araçá, purple araçá and many others.

Vitamin A deficiency can result in night blindness and poorer vision. Araçá contains a good dose of vitamin A, so consuming it regularly can help improve your vision and your health.

The fruit is also able to help prevent cataract formation and improve the overall health of your eyes.

Aren’t the benefits of araçá amazing? Knowing a little about araçá and what it’s for, let’s get to know some types.

TYPES OF ARAÇÁ

There are several species of araçás that stand out for their sweet flavors and others, bitter. Currently, some species stand out, known scientifically as Psidium Cattleyanum, Psidium Guinean and Psidium Longipetiolatum.

Whether the araçá tree is popularly called araçazeiro, they are known for the characteristics of their fruit, with a high content of vitamin C, exotic flavor and great acceptance by their consumers.

The araçá tree also stands out for the use of its wood, and its bark and leaves are also used in medicine. They can be trees or shrubs, measuring about five meters in height.

Araçá species are easily confused with one another, as some have two or more names.

SOME OF THE SPECIES BEST KNOWN FOR THEIR BENEFITS ARE:

Yellow Araçá: the most traditional of the araçás. Propagation takes place in seeds like other species, but their seedlings can also be planted when in about 45cm, having shrubby size as the most common. As the name implies, its color is yellow when very mature.

Araçá Guava: is similar to the yellow araçá, also known as guava. It has a very sweet flavor when ripe.

Red Araçá: often also called pink Araçá. It has the most acidic flavor of the species.

Araçá Roxo: fruit not yet popularly cultivated, found in its natural habitat. Its pulp is the most succulent of the species, also containing a sour taste. Contains laxative substances that regulate the bowel

HOW TO CONSUME ARAÇÁ

Araçá fruit is mainly consumed in nature, directly from the berries. They can be ingested in the form of juices, jams and jellies.

To prepare araçá jelly, simply blend the araçá in a blender, without water. After having formed a paste, you pour it into a pan and heat preferably over medium heat.

Sweeten as you like and let it boil for between one and two hours, stirring occasionally, until it takes on a caramel shape.

Once ready, let it rest and store in tightly closed containers and in a cool place. You can prepare araçá jelly combining it with other fruits too!

Just remove the skins and pits depending on the fruit, wash them well and add them to the blender next to the araçá. Sweeten to taste and follow the same procedures.

You can also use the araçá to make a delicious juice! Just put the araçá pulp in a blender, add water, sweeten to taste and beat for about 30 seconds and you’re done! You can drink it at room temperature or cold.

To enjoy all the benefits of the juice, it is recommended to drink it at least two or three times a week. The juice also helps to replenish mineral salts.

Of course, we can’t stop talking about the araçá tea. Tea can be made by adding boiling water over about 3 sprouts with a few leaves. You can measure the number of cups in a pot.

CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT ARAÇÁ

Araçá can be found in natural food stores, fairs or even on the internet. Pay attention that the fruit is in good condition and well packaged.

The araçá, being a fragile and quickly perishable fruit, needs to be handled with care. Wash it well under running water and keep it in a clean environment, so there are no problems with consumption.

Among the properties of araçá, it has a calming, diuretic and anti-inflammatory action, being used to combat oral and gastrointestinal, urogenital and intestinal inflammation. The infusion of leaves and sprouts is indicated, like guavas, to treat diarrhea and bleeding.

It is advisable or even essential to have medical monitoring for the consumption of araçá in case of people who already suffer some health problems.

It is important to carry out exams and verify the circumstance, whether from araçá tea or any other means of consumption.

The combination of araçá fruit can be made with several healthy habits, such as drinking plenty of water daily, having a good night’s sleep, consuming organic foods and without pesticides.

Potentiating the effects of araçá can also be very effective! As long as you always take the necessary precautions and make at least one medical appointment. Everything to provide you with even more health and quality of life!

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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