Despite being known as a “dumb” food, chayote has many medicinal benefits that can be enjoyed with its ingestion or consumption of tea. With a very mild flavor, its benefits involve weight loss, the treatment of high blood pressure and the balance of vitamin C in the body. Resistant to various climatic variations, chayote grows well wherever it is planted, and is easily found in different regions of Brazil.
Medicinal properties of chayote
Both the pulp and the seed, leaves and sprouts are rich in nutrients, but the last three have high concentrations of amino acids and vitamin C. It has a diuretic action and, in the form of tea, chayote is effective in the treatment of cardiovascular problems , in addition to being used as an anti-inflammatory. Tea made from the leaves fights hypertension by keeping blood pressure under control.
Raw, chayote can be rubbed into wounds so that they don’t leave marks, having healing properties. Rich in fiber, chayote is essential in nutrition, as it helps to improve bowel function, in addition to being a food with low calorie value, helping those who wish to lose weight.
In addition, chayote is rich in vitamins A, C and B complex, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and others. It has antioxidant, stimulant, strengthening and diuretic properties. Its consumption is beneficial in strengthening bones, combating fatigue and depression, in addition to preventing premature aging of the skin.
How to prepare chayote tea?
Chayote tea can be made from the kernels of five of them. In 1 liter of water, place the chayote’s crumbs and bring to the fire. When it comes to a boil, simmer for approximately twenty minutes on a low heat. Strain and let cool, consuming throughout the day, every three hours.
The leaves can also be used to make tea, which is excellent for treating high blood pressure. Use the ratio of four leaves to every liter of water. Put the water and leaves in a container and heat. When it comes to a boil, leave it for another ten minutes, then turn off the heat. Cover and let stand for about ten minutes, straining and then consuming. Tea can be consumed several times a day.
The consumption of chayote has no contraindications in the literature.