What is araçá for?

The araçá, also known as araçá-do-campo or araçá-Amarelo, is a species belonging to the familyMyrtaceae, which can be found in Brazil.

The scientific name of araçá isPsidium cattleyanum S.,it is a species of a tree about 3 to 6 meters high, whose fruits have a large berry, with a yellow or red color when ripe, which have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

What properties and benefits

The plant is normally very resistant to diseases and pests, due to its antimicrobial properties, so it can help fight infections, flu and colds, especially because the fruits of araçá contain a lot of vitamin C, much more than food citrus like lemon or orange, being a potent antioxidant that strengthens the immune system.

In addition, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in inflammation of the throat, mouth or intestine, for example and due to its composition, it can be used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Composition of araçá

Araça is a fruit composed of water, mineral salts, malic acid, sugar, cellulose, fat, retinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotenoids and fiber, which in addition to their therapeutic properties, it is also very useful in the preparation of jams, sweets, jellies, ice creams and juices.

Araçá also has anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in its composition with potent antioxidant activity.