Boost Energy and Slow Aging With Brazilian Super Fruit Cupuacu
|By Marcelina Hardy, Staff Writer on Tuesday, March 6, 2012|
|Cupuacu grown in the Amazon is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Find out more about what it can do for you. ||
Do you feel sluggish during the day? Do you look in the mirror and think you are starting to look older?
Now you can fight fatigue and aging with the super fruit of the Amazon – cupuacu.
Cupuacu grows in the rainforests of South America and looks much like a coconut but with a lighter brown color and not as round shape. The people of Brazil have been using cupuacu for centuries as their main source of food because of its nutritional benefits.
This fruit is part of the cocoa family and tastes like chocolate with hints of banana and passion fruit. After breaking open its hard shell, the inside is creamy.
Anti-Aging Effects of Cupuacu
With its creamy texture, cupuacu can be used as a moisturizer on the skin. It locks in hydration and reports say it works better than the popular ingredient lanolin.
While the cream can be used outside of the body, the benefits of cupuacu work inside of the body as well. With a high concentration of antioxidants, cupuacu breaks down free radicals that cause damaging effects on the skin. Exposure to harmful environmental effects can produce free radicals. These free radicals attack cells, which leads to aging effects. This fruit reduces free radicals in the body, which then preserves the cells and slows the aging process.
Furthermore, due to its hydrating benefits, cupuacu provides the body with the essential water it needs. This then moisturizes the skin to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Cupuacu also preserves skin elasticity, since it contains essential fatty acids called phytosterols.
In the March 5 episode of "Dr. Oz," cupuacu was mentioned by Dr. Mehmet Oz as an effective anti-aging treatment as well as a good way to boost energy.
How Cupuacu Increases Energy
Since this super fruit is part of the cocoa family, it has energizing benefits. While cupuacu does not contain caffeine, it does have similar effects. Many people report the fruit can boost energy and the effect lasts long longer than drinking coffee. It also doesn’t cause people to crash and feel tired.
Nutritional Effects of Cupuacu
The reason why cupuacu has such energizing effects is mostly due its high concentration of B vitamins, with particularly large amounts of B1, B2 and B3. It also contains vitamins A and C, which help the immune system function at an optimal level. These vitamins help individuals fight illness and many diseases.
Cupuacu has also been known to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Brazilians have used this fruit to help increase libido and fertility. A shaman used to bless the juice of the fruit and give it to pregnant women and those wishing to have children. Cupuacu also has nine antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown in research to significantly reduce the risk of cancer and slow down the progression of it. Finally, the fruit also improves the gastro-intestinal system. This can help regulate the bowels and relieve abdominal pain.
Using Cupuacu Inside and Out
As you can see, cupuacu has amazing benefits for your entire body. You can find the fruit in many lotions or creams and it also comes in supplemental form. Using cupuacu in your beauty and health regimen daily can greatly preserve the youthfulness of your skin and body and keep you from feeling fatigued throughout the day.
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