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Health benefits of Jabuticaba

The blemish is a fruit well known and worshiped in Brazil, native of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The name of the fruit derives from Tupi, and two different meanings are given: the first means tortoise (a species of turtle) plus caba (fat); and the second comes from iapoti kaba, which means fruit buds.

HOW TO CONSUME JABUTICABA

The ideal is to consume the fruit as soon as it is picked, otherwise they can oxidize. However, it is possible to find jabuticaba juice, liqueurs, wines, jellies and several other recipes with the fruit to consume. The taste is generally sweet, with a slightly sour finish.

In today’s article, we’ll talk about the health benefits of jabuticaba, as well as provide other information about the fruit. Check out.

COMPOSITION OF JABUTICABA

Fruit can be considered an ideal food, since its ham has a low calorie content and few carbohydrates, in addition to having a large amount of vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • Vitamin E;
  • Folic acid;
  • Niacin;
  • Thiamine;
  • Riboflavin;
  • Potassium;
  • Calcium;
  • Magnesium;
  • Iron;
  • Phosphor;
  • Copper;
  • Manganese;
  • Zinc;

One of the great differentials of jabuticaba properties can be found in the fruit peel, which is rich in ancitocyanidin (vitamin R), which is considered to be about 50 times more potent than Vitamin E and 20 times more than Vitamin C.

Ancitocyanidins are substances that, in general, can be found in the composition of fruits or flowers that are between red and blue. According to research in the area, these substances have antioxidant properties, which are responsible for combating the action of free radicals.

In addition, pectin, a soluble fiber, can also be found in the composition of this fruit.

JABUTICABA BENEFITS

The composition of the fruit, which was described above, is responsible for the many health benefits of jabuticaba.

We will describe these benefits below, separating them into two groups: the peel benefits and the pulp benefits.

BENEFITS OF JABUTICABA BARK

  • Anthocyanidin

This substance found in the rind of the fruit has, as we said before, antioxidant properties, which act to combat the action of free radicals.

Free radicals can cause inflammation, poisoning and skin aging.

Thus, the health benefits of this substance are:

  1. Helps the skin to regain elasticity and firmness, effectively fighting wrinkles and also preventing hair loss and brittle nails;
  2. It helps to decrease the production of histamine, which means that it can help increase the body’s resistance, working to reduce cholesterol and fight the action of free radicals;
  3. Jabuticaba or jaboticaba also helps to strengthen blood vessels, which prevents related diseases such as varicose veins and strokes;
  4. It is also responsible for improving memory, as it protects brain cells, and its consumption is strongly recommended for older people;
  5. It works to improve physical endurance, offering more energy disposition and more elasticity for the muscles, and can also improve vision;
  6. It has properties that prevent and help to treat cancer;
  7. It helps to stabilize the blood sugar level and is therefore recommended for people with diabetes;
  8. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce pain caused by diseases such as arthritis and other inflammatory processes in the body and joints;
  • Pectin

Pectin is a soluble fiber with the ability to act to reduce the absorption speed of the properties of foods consumed from its ingestion. Thus, the substances present in the jabuticaba bark are the following:

  1. Consumption is indicated for diabetics or people with hypoglycemia because it helps to maintain the balance of blood glucose levels;
  2. Helps to detoxify the body, contributing to the elimination of heavy metals and other toxic substances;
  3. Helps in the functioning of the gallbladder, preventing the formation of stones;
  4. Helps fight high cholesterol and obesity;
  5. Helps in the healthier functioning of the digestive tract, preventing constipation and diarrhea (excess consumption of jabuticaba holds the intestine as a result);
  6. Consuming jabuticaba recipes such as bark tea can also help those who have anemia, stress, asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, flu and colds.

BENEFITS OF JABUTICABA PULP

The jabuticaba or jaboticaba hoopoe offers the following health benefits according to its composition:

  1. Iron helps fight and treat anemia;
  2. Phosphorus, added to other minerals, helps to improve the metabolic performance of energy in the body;
  3. Helps to combat stress;
  4. Helps to increase the body’s immunity;
  5. Vitamin C is an important ally in combating diseases such as flu and infections in general, also helping with asthma, allergy, glaucoma, varicose veins, hypertension, anemia, chronic fatigue, among others;
  6. Niacin (vitamin B3) must be consumed by the body, otherwise it can lead to rashes, muscle weakness, and indigestion;
  7. The high levels of minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium extend the benefits of the fruit pulp to the bones and teeth, since these minerals are responsible for strengthening them, acting in the prevention of serious diseases such as osteoporosis;
  8. Folic acid and iron also help in the case of pregnancy, as they are important substances for the proper growth and development of the fetus;

JABUTICABA: HOW TO EAT

Let’s talk now about how to eat jabuticaba. See some tips for consuming the fruit:

  • As it is rich in sugar, the ideal is to consume the fresh fruit as soon as it is picked, to prevent it from fermenting. If the fermentation process starts, the taste and properties of jaboticaba will change;
  • If you cannot consume it right away, wash, dry and store the fruit in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container;
  • Much of the benefits are in the fruit peel, so the ideal is to eat it whole;
  • Jabuticaba juice must be made from the rind and husk of the fruit.

Contrary to what many people think, there is no reason to believe that the consumption of jabuticaba is fattening, since the fruit is low in calories. However, add recipes with the fruit, such as jellies and liqueurs, can be caloric, due to the addition of sugar in the preparation.

See below how to make jabuticaba juice:

  1. In a large pot, boil 3 liters of water;
  2. Add 1 kg of whole fruit and washed when the water is boiling;
  3. Using a pestle, mash the fruits calmly until they burst;
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil until it takes on a violet color;
  5. Scoop the fruit out of the juice with a ladle and then strain the rest;
  6. If the taste is too strong, you can dilute the juice;
  7. Sweeten as you like;

JABUTICABA: HOW TO PLANT

See now some tips for growing jabuticaba:

The first step is to choose the ideal seedling, the most used currently being the hybrid jabuticaba tree in the form of a graft. Its great advantage is that it grows fast, and will soon bear fruit.

Those who don’t have much space available can plant the jabuticaba tree in a pot. This way, the root will have a limited size and the crown of the tree will not grow as much, which means that pruning does not need to be as constant.

If you plant the tree directly on the ground, it is important to point out that you will need to control its growth and it will be necessary to trim the branches approximately 30 days after the end of the harvest.

Generally, it is necessary to dig a hole with a plug with a diameter of 20 cm unless the container where the jabuticaba tree will be planted, if you choose to plant it in the pot.

In any case, it is necessary that the clod is covered with dull and aerated soil.

The tree should be watered soon after planting so that the soil settles properly, and the organic fertilizer should be added to the soil or pot every 6 months to keep it healthy.

To grow properly and bear many fruits, it is necessary to keep the jabuticaba tree receiving direct sunlight, in addition to being watered frequently, since the plant is native to a place with a tropical climate.

The jabuticaba harvest season happens only between the months of August and September, during the rest of the year, the tree does not bear fruit.

In this article, you learned about the properties, benefits and other information about jabuticaba, one of the most beloved fruits in Brazil.

 

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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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