Belonging to the Apocynaceae family, mangaba is a tree of great occurrence in the states of Cerrado, Caatinga, and the northeastern coast. The tree can reach ten meters in height, has a rough trunk, smooth and reddish branches. Of indigenous origin, its name means “good thing to eat.” Mangaba tea is great for lowering blood pressure because of its vasodilating properties.
Also known as mangaba-ovo, the Mangaba fruit has a reddish color and can be used as a raw material in manufacturing juices, ice cream, sweets, and wine drinks. Its latex produces a pink rubber and, although the plant is native to Brazil, it is easily found in Paraguay and eastern Peru. With small branches, the Mangaba produces fragrant and light-colored flowers, similar to jasmine.
Indications and properties
The plant is indicated for cases of serious illnesses and has many benefits in combating high blood pressure. The tea is very suitable for treating high cholesterol and diabetes and has properties that inhibit the production of substances responsible for high blood pressure. The three active principles of Mangaba, acting together, can be up to ten times more effective than captopril in treating high blood pressure.
Its use is also applied in bone problems, fractures, stomach problems, liver and spleen obstructions, pulmonary tuberculosis, ulcers, and pustular corruptions. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and iron, mangaba leaf tea can also be used to treat colds, kidney problems, and menstrual cramps. The fruit, when consumed fresh, is effective in fighting diabetes and high cholesterol, and its peel can be used to cure jaundice and liver problems.
How to prepare the Mangaba tea
To prepare the tea, use the proportion of two tablespoons of the leaves and stem pieces to every half liter of water. Put the leaves and water in a container and heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, please turn it off, cover, and let it sit for approximately ten minutes. Strain and then consume. The average recommended dosage is one to three cups of tea a day.
Precautions and contraindications
Despite its benefits, Mangaba can be harmful to hypertensive patients if not administered in the right dose. It is necessary that, before consuming, you consult a doctor to obtain the correct dosage for your case. The fruit cannot be eaten when it is unripe.