The aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) is a native Amazonian palm, which is distributed in the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Guyana.
In our Peruvian territory it is one of the most representative plants of the Peruvian Amazon, it is cultivated and exploited in the Departments of Loreto, Ucayali, Huánuco and San Martín.
This Amazon fruit has a pleasant flavor and is highly consumed in the populations where it sprouts. The ecosystems where the plant predominates, are locally known as “aguajales”. The pulp is commonly eat freshly cut from the tree. However, it can be also used to prepare fresh water, as a natural flavoring for juices or just to add an exotic touch to salads and traditional dishes.
The most valuable of the Aguaje is its fruit, because it is rich in phytoestrogens, vitamins and minerals that benefits the internal and external health of our body.
The main components are, Beta carotene (Provitamin A), Tocopherols (Vitamin E) and Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
The pulp only represents 12% of the total weight of the fruit but it has a high content of lipids (21 to 31%) as well as essential fatty acids.
High content of pro vitamin A (beta carotene, 30-300 mg / 100 g9 in pulp, the oil represents the highest content of vitamin A in the world. It regulates content of vitamins B, C and other important minerals, but there is much variability in these nutritional contents between fruit and fruit. The fleshy part of the fruits is generally consumed raw by the locals and is a very good food, due to its calorie content (283 kcal / 100 g), protein (8.20g / 100g), oils ( 31g / 100g), carbohydrates (18.70g / 100g), mineral salts (calcium, phosphorus and iron), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B5, C) and iodine.
Its high vitamin content makes the aguaje fruit an incomparable resource for the diet of children and adults.
- Anticancer effect.
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Good effect on menopausal disorders.
- Improves the skin due to its high level of vitamin E, being a powerful anti-aging agent.
- Reduces acne by helping to balance hormone levels.
- Eliminates cramps and menstrual cramps.
- Recommended for pregnant women.
Disolver una cucharadita en jugos, batidos, ensaladas de frutas o yogurt.