Ingá’s health benefits

Many people have been through an ingá plant and wondered what that plant was. Some even ignore it because they don’t know that the inazeiro gives rise to an edible fruit and that it can bring several benefits to their health.

The ingá, whose scientific name is Ínga edulis Mart, is the fruit of a tree called ingazeiro, and it has a somewhat unconventional appearance.

The fruit has a pod shape, and its skin has a green color that tends to turn yellow. On the other hand, its pulp is very white, involving its small seeds, being divided into small segments that extend throughout the skin, presenting a sweet taste and a softer and more watery texture.

It has a variable size depending on the variety of fruit. In addition to its appearance and taste, what ingá usually draws a lot of attention for the benefits it can offer to the health of those who consume it.

Want to know more about this fruit? So keep following the information we’ve brought you.


Although it has adapted very well to our country’s climate, Ingá is a native fruit of Central American countries. In addition to giving rise to the fruit that serves us as a type of food, the ingazeiro is widely used by these peoples as a kind of protector for coffee plantations, as the tree is capable of producing a great deal of shade.

Over the years, the fruit was brought to Brazil and began to be cultivated here, too, with great success. Although it can be found in several regions of the country, ingá is more easily seen in the Amazon region. In some regions of the country the fruit may be known as:

  • Inga from the beach
  • No vine
  • true inga


Inga is a fruit that has been shown to be extremely beneficial to our body, due to its properties arising from the combination of vitamins and nutrients that make it up. Among the various nutrients that the fruit has, we can highlight vitamin A and the high calcium content present in its pulp.


The consumption of inga brings numerous benefits for those who consume it regularly. Therefore, check out below how this fruit can improve your quality of life:

  • Helps prevent serious illnesses such as cancer

Ingá is a fruit that has a high level of antioxidant substances, which are famous for fighting free radicals. Thus, in addition to helping to fight them, this fruit also proves to be a powerful ally, as it also helps in the recovery of cells damaged by the presence of these substances that are harmful to our health.

  • Helps to prevent and fight migraine attacks

Only those who suffer from migraine attacks know how bad it is, especially in situations where some drugs found in the pharmaceutical industry are not able to relieve pain.

What many people don’t know is that inga, either in nature or in the form of juice, can be a powerful natural remedy, helping to very efficiently alleviate the symptoms caused by migraine attacks.

  • It works to strengthen the immune system

The presence of vitamin A and other nutrients with antioxidant power also contributes very positively to keeping our immune system stronger and prepared to fight infections and other pathologies that can affect our body.

  • It works by keeping bones stronger and healthier

Due to the large content of calcium present in its composition, ingá is an excellent ally in maintaining bone health. In addition, this food is also an excellent means of preventing diseases that affect this structure, such as osteoporosis.

  • Helps in healing processes

One of the most famous uses of ingá to promote better health and well-being in general is its healing power. It is proven that the ingá bark can be a great way to heal more superficial wounds.

  • Helps in the treatment of respiratory tract diseases

Tea made from ingá has already proved to be an excellent natural medicine for the treatment of some diseases that can affect our respiratory system, such as bronchitis.

  • Helps to prevent serious illnesses

The combination of vitamins and minerals present in ingá make this fruit assertively act in the treatment of some chronic diseases that can pose serious risks to our health, such as diabetes.


Although it is a fruit that can be found easily, ingá is not usually found for trade in fairs and markets. Thus, it is possible to gain access to the fruit by harvesting from trees found in the environment.

Ingazeiro is usually found near the banks of rivers and marshes, due to its preference for more humid soils. In addition, its cultivation is very simplified and, within two years of its planting, it is already possible to see its ripeness and the presence of fruits that tend to appear between the months of December and February.


Ingá is normally consumed in its fresh form or in the making of juices, vitamins or teas from it. Because it has a sweeter taste, its intake tends to please even the most demanding palates.

So, have you ever seen or tasted inga? The benefits that regular consumption can offer our health are truly amazing. So, pay more attention the next time you find an ingá tree out there and enjoy all its properties!

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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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