(NaturalHealth365) The health benefits of the cupuacu fruit are so enormous that it is essentially a complete disease management prescription. This is a fruit with extremely potent phytonutriets, polyphenols, antioxidants, essential nutrients, vitamins plus an array of fatty acids.
What is Cupuacu
In case you’re wondering – the pronunciation of Cupuacu is: “coo poo wa soo”. It’s a tree that grows in the rainforest of South America and belongs to the cocoa family. It grows to a height of 30-65 feet and bears a fruit with the same name, which is a primary food for the natives of the rainforest.
The fruits are the size of a medium-sized watermelon and have a creamy pulp in the center with a husk similar to a coconut along with large black seeds that look something like those of a papaya. It is eaten raw or sweetened and made into candy, juice and jelly along with other products. The seeds are dried and ground to make a drink similar to hot chocolate.
A powerful plant that improves metabolic function
The supply is still limited, which is one of the reasons most people haven’t heard of this gem. Most of the cupuacu available in the United States is in pill or powder form. It is an incredibly effective supplement for weight loss, fat loss and metabolism.
The micronutrients boost energy levels, increase fat loss and reduce the production of fat cells. By improving the metabolism it increases the burning of fat and keeps it from ever becoming stored.
One of its primary actions is to stimulate the immune system. Cupuacu is known for its caffeine-like effect, yet it doesn’t contain any caffeine. It is one of the few cocoa related plants that retain its energetic effect without a trace of caffeine.
Improve your gut with superfood nutrition
The benefits of this fruit come from the essential vitamins and minerals which are known to boost the gastro-intestinal system; in fact the inhabitants of the rain forest use it for that purpose.
This fruit offers an ample supply of vitamin B1, B2, Niacin, vitamin A and C along with its high flavonoid content. It is the excellent source of essential fatty acids that make skin more supple and hair more lustrous while the vitamins along with the fatty acids protect against cardiovascular disease, memory lost, and mood swings.
A healthy business opportunity
There will be a demand for this incredible fruit as word gets out about its vast health benefits. Right now – the supply is extremely limited and cupuacu is available in the United States in the form of nutritional supplements and powders. In addition, there are some juice manufacturers that are adding it to their acai juices.
The fruit becomes ripe from January to April during the rainy season. In South America, the larger cities such as Rio make the pulp into juice, ice cream, jam and smoothies. As demand increases, I’m sure there will be an increasing interest to grow cupuacu trees in other tropical climates.
About the author: Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.