About Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Pitanga Berries

Pitanga Berries or cherry is a tropical fruit known in various local names like Surinam cherry, French cherry and more. It is been characterized by its bright red/orange colour and has a sweet sour taste.

 

11 Amazing Health Benefits of Pitanga Berries

 1.      Improves the Immune System

Pitanga berries or cherries contain antioxidants rich in essential vitamins which are important in fortifying the immune system to fight against highly reactive free radicals which may damage body cells thereby destroying some cancerous elements also.

It is rich in vitamin C which is an essential nutrient for strong immunity.

It helps in increasing the defensive mechanisms of the body, thereby preventing you from diseases.

Pitanga berries also help in increasing the production of antibodies and fighting against the diseases that lead to microbes.

 

2.     Improves Gastrointestinal Health

These fruits act as astringents that can dry up secretion. That is to say that they are used in the treatment of diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal diseases.

The antiseptic and astringent properties of pitanga berries will help in dealing with gastrointestinal upsets if consumed regularly. The barks of the plant are used for the treatment of gastrointestinal health.

 

3.       Improves the Lungs

Regular consumption of pitanga berries helps in proper functioning of the pulmonary (lungs) and also prevents the lungs from contracting certain diseases or infections.

The anti-inflammatory property that is found in it is used in treating lung inflammation.

Studies have shown that this fruit helps in improving lungs function and can even go a long way in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Therefore it is advisable you consume this fruit regularly for a healthy lung.

 

4.       Energy Giving Food

Vitamin B complex present in the fruits provides the body with the amount of energy required for the body organ functions, it is also essential for the working of certain enzymes and prevents deficiency associated with lack of vitamin B complex.

Vitamin B complex is very essential to our health; it aids a lot in boosting energy levels. They are also necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous system. Therefore consuming this fruit will provide the body with vitamin B complex.

 

5.       Helps in Weight Loss

These fruits are enriched with important compounds that can help to clear accumulation of excess fat in the body and flattens the tummy.

Even when consumed in much quantity, they don’t contribute to weight gain because of fewer calories content. It improves weight loss because it’s low in calories.

It is an excellent fruit for people who want to lose or maintain their weight and should be consumed adequately.

 

6.       Maintains Blood Pressure Levels

Studies have proven that Pinaga has been discovered to have antihypertensive properties. This means that it can reduce the effect of high blood pressure and helps maintain a normal and adequate flow of blood to the kidney.

Antihypertensive properties contained in this fruit aids in treating high blood pressure and helps in preventing the complications of high blood pressure such as heart attack, heart failure, myocardial infarction and stroke.

Consuming this fruit regularly will help in maintaining blood pressure levels.

 

7.       Rich in Antioxidants

Pitanga cherries are rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, beta-cryptoxanthin, gamma-carotene and rubixanthin that prevent the body from certain diseases and perform different health beneficial functions in the human body.

Its antioxidant power also helps in slowing down the signs of early ageing and aids in fighting against the actions of free radical in the body.

Consuming this fruit consistently will aid in preventing the free radicals which are the major cause of inflammation and diseases in the body system.

 

8.     Prevents Cancer

The antioxidants present in this fruit aids in fighting against free radicals which plays a vital role in preventing cancer. Vitamin C that is contained in it also helps greatly in reducing the chances of cancer.

Studies have proved that regular intake of foods rich in vitamin C helps in reducing the chances of lungs, throat, mouth, rectum, oesophagus, vocal chords and stomach cancer.

Therefore it is advisable you consume this fruit consistently because it will help in preventing cancer due to its rich in vitamin C and antioxidant properties.

 

9.     Promotes Healthy Skin

Vitamin A which present in this fruit helps in preventing the body from toxins and free radicals which that damages the skin.

Vitamin A which is very essential for the skin; it helps in treating skin conditions like pimples, acne, psoriasis and other diseases. It also strengthens the skin tissues and improves a healthy skin.

Foods rich in vitamin A also help in maintaining the skin tissue and mucous membranes. Also reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

Regular consumption of pitanga berries will contribute greatly in keeping the skin healthy, firm and radiant.

 

10. Treats Sleeping Disorders

Regular consumption of this fruit helps in treating sleep disorders, insomnia and related sicknesses effectively by eating a good quantity of it on daily basis. It is just a natural way of dealing with a sleepless night.

Studies have shown that Pitanga is known to be one of the natural food that contains melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone in the brain that is produced by the pineal gland. It is responsible for regulating sleep and wake cycle. Therefore consuming this fruit regularly will improve your sleeping pattern.

 

11. Regulates Growth and Reproduction

Pitanga Berries which is rich in vitamin B2 helps in ensuring proper development and body tissues growth like skin, eyes, immune system, connective tissues and mucous membranes.

Vitamin B2 is essential to the body for growth and overall good health.

Vitamin B2 is highly needed in the body for proper functioning of every cell in the body and its deficiency can lead to various side effects.

It is advisable you consume this fruit, as it will help in providing you with vitamin B2 that is needed for a good health.

 

Nutritional Values of Pitanga Berries

 

Nutrients

Amount

Water

157.1 g

Energy

57 Kcal

Protein

1.38 g

Total fat

0.69 g

Ash

0.86 g

Carbohydrate

12.96 g

Niacin

0.338mg

Calcium

16 mg

Iron

0.35 mg

Magnesium

21 mg

Phosphorus

19 mg

Potassium

1094 IU

Vitamin C

178 mg

Sodium

5 mg

Vitamin B1

0.052 mg

Vitamin B2

0.069 mg

Vitamin B3

0.519 mg

Vitamin C

45.5 mg

Vitamin A

130 µg

Vitamin A

2595 IU

Kaempferol

0.7 mg

Myricetin

5.8 mg

Quercetin

10 mg

 

Where is it Grown?

The fruit is native to the Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and other South American countries in the tropical areas, and also India and Nigeria.

Pitanga Berries are actually fruits that most Nigerians are not conversant with; it is a tree fruit that grows up to 25 feet tall or more.

Pitanga Berries are commonly called cherries in some parts of Nigeria where they are seen, they are red and rich in vitamin C and other nutrients such as proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous, iron, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin.

  

Health Benefits of Pitanga Leaves

The leaf of Pitanga has some medicinal value. The leaf of pitanga cherries gives a great tea. Its tea is very essential to our health just like the fruit; it can be used in maintaining blood pressure levels and other health conditions.

The pitanga leaf can be used for skin and hair. Its astringent action helps to balance the oil in the skin and the scalp. It also serves as an antibacterial. The leaf is known for its dermatological effect.

Pitanga leaf oil also has an effective astringent that helps in normalizing excessive sebum production on the scalp.

It is used as a remedy for fever, stomach diseases, hypertension, malaria, rheumatism, gout and menstrual disorders. It also helps in digestion due to its alkaline properties.

The leaves are also very valuable to people who are suffering from heart diseases, it known to one of the natural way of treating high blood pressure.

 

Conclusion

Pitanga fruits are quite nutritious and beneficial; serving food and cosmetics purposes.

The oil is used in most hair and skin products such as skin lotions, shampoos, conditioners and so on because of the antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that are present in it which helps in treating skin blemishes, reduces lines on the skin and lots more.



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