Cupuacu in some smoothies from the supermarket, the interested consumer already finds small proportions of the tasty Cupuacu or the “big-blooded cocoa” processed. The botanical name of this Brazilian berry (or stone fruit?) is Theobroma grandiflorum. However, it is not the importance of cocoa substitutes that makes Capuacu economically interesting, but its use as a potent remedy, or as a fatty aid in the cosmetics industry.
Versatile: The fruits of the Cupua’u tree
The sour-tasting fruits of the Cupuacu tree are appreciated throughout the Amazon. The fruits are visually similar and in the size of the cocoa bean. According to some test eaters, their aroma is a middle thing between melon and papaya. Others are more likely to see a taste fultaste of pineapple and chocolate. Clearly, the tastes here are different. One possible explanation for the different taste perceptions, however, would be the three different cupuau varieties.
To this day, science does not agree on whether the Cupuacu is actually a berry, or a stone fruit. Because of the acidity and the sour taste, the pulp of the cupuacu is sugared. It can then be processed into fruit juice and other soft drinks, jams, ice creams or liqueurs. With the crushed shells of the Cupuacu, the fields are fertilized organically.
The cupuau fruit needs a ripening period of about five months. In the ripe stage, the Cupuacu is not dissimilar to the cocoa bean. It has a length of between 12 and 35 centimetres, and a maximum diameter of 15 centimetres. A single cupuacu can weigh up to two and a half kilograms. The typical fragrance of the Cupuau is pleasantly aromatic and intense. A typical sign of ripeness is the fluffy, densely hairy fruit peel in brown color. The outer fruit peel of the fruit is brittle. It’s firm and tough. Inside there are about 25 to 50 seeds. The pulp of the cupuacu is whitish to cream.
Cupuacu trees need the shade of larger trees to thrive. Cupuacu are therefore cultivated in plantation cultivation together with other trees. The cultural forms of the Cupuacu tree are not taller than six to ten meters. However, the Cupuacu trees growing in the wild can reach their feet of up to 20 or 25 metres. However, the populations of the wild-growing Cupuacu trees are increasingly endangered by the increasing rainforest clearing.
The Cupuacu tree tends to dry out quickly due to its flat roots, in which a not particularly deep pile root lies in the middle. It needs a permeable soil that needs to be well watered. The producers of the distinguish three different Cupuacu varieties that can be cultivated: the variety “Mamau”, the variety “Mamorano” and the variety “Redondo”.
With the cultivation of the Cupuau trees in mixed farming, a close-to-nature management and afforestation of the rainforest areas on the Amazon can be achieved. The local markets also offer Cupuacu fruits from game collections. These offer a welcome additional income for the poorer population.
Cupuacu: Indigenous remedies and ingredients in natural cosmetics
Half of the seeds of this fruit are made of fat. Therefore, Cupuacu seeds are subjected to similar uses, such as the seeds of the cocoa bean. However, the Cupuacu chocolate called “Cupulate” must fear the taste comparison with our chocolate creations. Better fermentation techniques may help to change the taste deficits, experts say. Cupuacu chocolate, on the other hand, is very popular with Brazilians. The “cupulates” are used there as a fruity cake filling, as a filling in chocolates, in sweet creams or jellies, and for the production of sorbets and ice cream.
In addition to the culinary uses, the Cupuacu also experiences a use as a traditional remedy. In a complicated and long-lasting birth, traditionally a shaman blesses cupua’u seeds, and administers them to the child. In addition, the Cupuacu
- as a cure for abdominal pain
- as cupua’u butter for wound healing
- as a cosmetic for skin regeneration
- as a remedy for high blood pressure
- as a blood sugar lowerer for the prevention of diabetes
- as a means of libido increase
- to lower cholesterol levels
- or as a fatty and wonderfully fragrant ingredient in cosmetics
Used. Users appreciate the cupuacu because of the cocoa butter-like ingredients that nourish hair and skin.
Also used as a popular anti-aging agent is the Cupuacu. The high content of vitamin E, as well as the presence of unique polyphenols and rare antioxidants is considered to be the cause of cosmetic and health use. The fragrance of the Cupuacu, which is used as a substitute for cocoa butter, is pleasant. But unlike cocoa, cupuacu does not contain caffeine, but invigorating temurin.
The natural cosmetics industry appreciates Cupuacu butter
Cupuacu is often used in the natural cosmetics industry. Due to its special properties, it can prevent the loss of moisture from the aging skin. In the natural cosmetics industry, people like to use cupua’u butter instead of cocoa or shea butter.
The anti-inflammatory phytosterols in the Cupuacu are good radical catchers. They prevent the natural aging process of the skin. The Cupuacu ingredients also regenerate damaged skin. They bind surprisingly much moisture to themselves, and can therefore moisturize the skin. The applications for Cupuacu butter in natural cosmetics are
- the care of dry and aging skin
- Repair of a defective lipid barrier
- use as a herbal substitute for lanolin (wool fat)
- the newer use as a vegan anti-aging preparation
- or the alternative use instead of shea butter, which not everyone can tolerate.
In the fatty acid profile of the cupuacu is actually given a proximity to the shea butter. Cupuacu is also suitable for use in cosmetic emulsions or creams that require a certain consistency and density.
The Brazilians see the Cupuacu as a “pharmaceutical fruit”. The Cupuacu juice is used by the locals to support wound healing, or it is used as a supportive therapeutic for abdominal infections. The Cupuacu Butter has good anti-aging properties because it almost padded the skin from the inside due to its fat and liquid content – and without hyaluronic content. In addition, the cream can be distributed excellently.
It is interesting to look at the cosmetically usable ingredients of the Cupuacu. Phytosterol a-sitosterol is similar in its molecular structure to cholesterol. Only cupuacu contains rare flavonoids such as isoscutellarein or hypolaetine. When cupuacu butter is produced without chemical additives and aids, people attribute it to a high degree of effectiveness.
The cold-pressed Cupuacu butter binds about 440 percent more moisture than lanolin (wool fat). This makes it ideal for use in animal-free or vegan cosmetics for dry skin types. Cupuacu butter melts when applied by the addition of body heat. It moves in pleasingly quickly after application. Cupuacu butter is therefore found as an ingredient in suncreams, moisturizers, ointments or serum.
The beneficial properties of Cupuacu in cosmetics have long been talked about around the world. Unfortunately, however, those interested in such products cannot receive cosmetics with Cupuacu everywhere. It is important that German consumers pay attention to ecologically produced cosmetics when ordering. These do not contain heavy metals or other environmental toxins.
To the healing effects of Cupuacu ingredients
Cosmetics with Cupuacu have a healing and nourishing effect on the skin because of the anti-inflammatory properties of cupuacu. Capuacu-containing ointments and creams relieve skin inflammation after a short period of application. The Cupuacu butter relieves dry, itchy and cracked skin due to its moisture-binding properties. An astonishing 440 percent of its own weight can store the cupuacu of water. This is indeed impressive.
The phytosterol content of natural Cupuacu cosmetics renews the permeable skin barrier. Therefore, cosmetic products with Cupuacu could also help people suffering from so-called environmental diseases. In these people, chronic skin itching (pruritus) is often given due to their poisoning-related multisystem disease. This disease sequence can be alleviated with antihistamines and a barrier-promoting skin cream. Cupuacu soothes irritated skin areas. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting ingredients, Cupuacu Cream can reduce skin redness.
The natural content of cupuacu in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C, calcium and selenium, as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids is considerable. Those who frequently eat Cupuacu pulp support their immune system. It acquires better protection against infections. Although cupuacu – unlike cocoa bean – does not contain caffeine, it is almost as invigorating as caffeine. Nevertheless, it is able to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and lower cholesterol levels.
The Cupuacu is also said to have effects in terms of libido stimulation and strengthening fertility. The Brazilians use Cupuacu as a preventive as well as targeted for the treatment of diseases and dysfunctions. According to this, the Cupuacu is
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Digestive problems
- high cholesterol
- Intestinal diseases
The high fiber and fiber content as well as the presence of probiotic bacteria in the cupuacu can actually contribute a lot to gut health. In fact, the fruit contains several lactobacilli. Therefore, the cupuacu is considered to be preventive against irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea diseases – or is also used against inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease because of the proportions of anti-inflammatory substances.
Blood sugar and cholesterol levels are positively affected by the fibers and the content of oleic acid in the cupuacu. Oleic acid can reduce the usual insulin resistance in diabetes sufferers.
Are there any side effects with Cupuacu Butter?
Even sensitive people generally tolerate cosmetic products with Cupuacu butter well. Side effects from the consumption of cupuacu or the application of appropriate natural cosmetics are not known. However, preference should be given to ecologically produced, unrefined Cupuacu natural cosmetics, preferably without a perfume content. The content of essential oils can also cause skin irritation in people sensitive to fragrances. The sensitizing terpenes are responsible for this.
Some people experience mild skin irritation due to one of the ingredients in Cupuacu cosmetics. These are due to rare hypersensitivity reactions to one of the ingredients. It is possible that such reactions may indicate an inferior cosmetic product that has heavy metal and pesticide loads or residues from the refining process. Other cosmetic ingredients can also have sensitizing potential.
High-quality cosmetic products are recognizable by a certificate. In case of unrefined processing, the active ingredients from the fruit are completely preserved. Unrefined Cupuacu cosmetics are already recognized by the user by their typical fragrance. This is largely removed during refining. In refined Cupuacu butter, there are also almost no anti-inflammatory properties. It is virtually worthless.
We are still rarely found with cosmetic natural products with Cupuacu content. Cupuau-containing cosmetics can be found on the Internet – but for safety reasons, buyers should only buy cold-pressed products from a reputable manufacturer that guarantees organic quality. The refined Cupuacu products are cheaper – but here the user actually saves at the wrong end.
A chapter in itself: Cupulates as a chocolate substitute
For our taste buds, the “cupulate” made from Cupuacu seeds is a challenge. Brazilians, on the other hand, love them. Although an improved manufacturing process was developed in 1985, from the point of view of the local chocolate experts, who need to know, this too is still far behind ours in the final result.
There was a minor scandal around the Cupuats in the late 1960s. A Japanese food company tried to obtain patent protection for its own cupulate production. This aroused the minds of some domestic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from Brazil. The Brazilians saw this request as “bio-piracy”. They rejected the Japanese patent applications. Afterwards, the Brazilians decided to officially appoint the Cupuacu as the “National Fruit”. With this legal trick, they were able to prevent further takeover attempts by the Japanese or other interested parties.
In Europe, the intensely fragrant Cupuacu fruits are hardly ever on offer. However, the manufacturers of some smoothies that are available from us already use them in small quantities. Otherwise, the bulk of the annual amount of Cupuacu produced is processed in the producing countries themselves. In cosmetics, however, the Cupuacu is now increasingly appreciated by us.
Is the Cupuacu a superfood now – or not?
In principle, the Cupuacu could be marketed as a superfood – if it were not available in far too small quantities. People in the Amazon region do not happen to call the Cupuacu a “pharmacy in the form of a fruit”. Until now, they prefer to use them themselves rather than grow them for export.
The Cupuacu fruit does not have any distinct superfood qualities in terms of nutrient content – but it contains unique substances for this. It is considered to be healing by these ingredients. In addition, this fruit has a high benefit as a cosmetic due to its high fat content. Therefore, the Cupuacu is actually much more than a superfood, because it has not only a high value for the diet.
How does Cupuacu affect health?
Heart health is improved
Renowned studies have already investigated the qualities of Cupuacu. It has been confirmed that Cupuacu can reduce the risk of heart disease from antioxidant flavonoids. The phyto-nutrients contained can prevent the oxidation of lipids.
The digestive system benefits several times
In addition to the high content of flavonoids, the fiber scare scares in particular. Fiber and fiber are the indispensable food for the good gut bacteria. They stimulate digestion and ensure faster removal of food toxins and harmful fission products that arise in the digestive process. Hemorrhoids are prevented as well as an irritable bowel, a leaky good as well as chronic intestinal diseases. In addition, fiber helps to lose weight.
The fiber in the Cupuacu fruit provides better cholesterol, blood lipid and blood sugar levels. It also prevents high blood pressure and diet-related type 2 diabetes. The best thing is that eating Cupuacu has no side effects. On the contrary, the Cupuacu naturally boasts an unusually large number of probiotic bacteria. These are necessary in order to be able to split and digest the food ingested. The Lactobacillus strengthens the intestinal flora, which is also involved in the immune system. Several types of lactobacilli are present in a cupuacu.
The ingredients of Cupuacu are also helpful for increased blood sugar levels. The 43 percent of oleic acid per fruit does the rest. As monounsaturated fatty acids, they can prevent insulin resistance as a result of elevated cholesterol levels. In doing so, they prevent type 2 diabetes.
Cupuacu contains anti-inflammatory substances
As a superfood, the Cupuacu offers nine fruity antioxidants such as the rarely found theograndin. Attacks by Free Radicals can thus be successfully repelled. Theograndin is only present in Cupuacu fruits. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Latent inflammation is said to be the cause of many common diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases or arthritis.
The immunological benefits
Each mature cupuacu fruit contains 15 milligrams of vitamin C. It is therefore a valuable source of this important vitamin. The already mentioned probiotics and fiber also provide immunological strengthening. In the case of exhaustion, this fruit is a suitable antidote. The theacrine in the Cupuacu has been shown to revive something similar to caffeine.
Pain relief is also feasible
The theacrine contained in the cupuacu, a study confirms, can even relieve pain. No wonder many Brazilians refer to the Cupuacu as a “pharmacy in fruit form”. It is suitable for many natural treatment approaches. Not only the indigenous population in the producing countries does not have a pharmacy available on every street corner.