Rich in mineral salts, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B3, potassium, magnesium, niacin and anthocyanins, jabuticaba is a wild fruit, well known among Brazilians. In addition to being refreshing, the fruit has several medicinal and aesthetic properties that have surprised scientists.

Belonging to the Myrtaceae family, jabuticaba is a typical species of the Atlantic Forest. In addition to being consumed fresh, jabuticaba also has several other forms of use, as it is used in the preparation of sweets, juices, jellies, liqueurs and even wine.

Physical characteristics

The jabuticaba tree has medium size, shiny leaves, reddish when young, however, as time goes by, they take on a green color. Its flowers are white and the fruits are black and round, with a white pulp. They grow along the trunk, in sticky branches.

Due to the beauty of the tree, it has been used with a decorative emphasis, being evidenced in the composition of environments and at parties.

Medicinal properties of jabuticaba

Judging by the amount of nutrients that appear in the composition of the fruit, in addition to the nutritional and astringent properties, it is already possible to see that jabuticaba can be used in the treatment of many diseases. It works against asthma, vitamin deficiency, diarrhea and inflammation, especially of the skin.

For those on a diet, jabuticaba accelerates fat burning and helps in the proper functioning of the central nervous system. The fruit is also rich in anthocyanins, a powerful type of antioxidant that works against free radicals, standing out in the prevention of wrinkles.

Studies also point to the prevention of prostate cancer and leukemia as another advantage for the regular consumption of jabuticaba. They believe that the benefit comes from phenolics, a substance that gives the fruit a dark hue and acts directly in two stages of cancer cell development.

jabuticaba tea

One of the ways to use jabuticaba in treatments for human health is through the consumption of tea from the plant. To do this, just separate 200 ml of filtered water and 15 grams of jabuticaba leaves. Bring the water to a boil and turn it off when it reaches the boiling point. Add the leaves and let it rest for 10 minutes, remembering to leave the container covered.

The indication is that the consumption of jabuticaba tea is done at least three times a day.