Pequi (Caryocar brasiliense) is a fruit that is quite popular in Brazil. It has a yellow edible pulp that tastes like a mixture of cheese and citrus.
Nutritional Value Of Pequi
Pequi is rich in fiber, carotenoids, and vitamin A. It is also rich in beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids such as palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid.
Below are various health benefits of pequi and pequi oil;
1. Assists With Skin Issues And Builds Stronger Hair
Pequi oil is becoming wildly known for its benefits in keeping skin clear, glowing, and blemish-free. The compounds tocopherol and vitamin A, in pequi, have antioxidant properties and it’s because of these properties that pequi can help reduce signs of premature aging, scarring and decrease the severity of blemishes. Everyone wants glowing, vibrant skin. Daily use of pequi oil will give you that.
For people with dry, weak or thinning hair, pequi oil would undoubtedly reverse the damage done to your hair from years of hair dye, weather, and just general wear-and-tear. The compounds mentioned above would help protect your hair and give it its vibrant, beautiful volume back.
2. Helps Improve Skin’s Health
As mentioned before, pequi oil is great for reducing the presence of scars and blemishes. However, it’s also amazing for treating certain irritating skin conditions, like eczema and chronic dry skin. The fatty acids, present in pequi, work as a moisturizer for your skin. You would not need to worry about under-nourished or dehydrated skin again.
3. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Because pequi consists of mono-saturated fatty acids, daily use of it would improve your hearts functionality. Pequi would help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood. Hence, protecting you from heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. Not only that, pequi strengthens your artery walls and blood vessels.
4. Decreases Blood Pressure
Because pequi has a slew of vitamins and minerals, it’s not surprising that it would also help maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Potassium is a key player when working on lowering blood pressure and pequi has high levels of potassium. When blood is flowing smoothly, you are less at risk of blood clots or other heart diseases.
5. Decreases Cholesterol
Because of its beneficial effects on blood pressure, it’s no surprise that pequi is effective at decreasing cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol to monitor; HDL and LDL. HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is considered the “good cholesterol”, so we want to increase that number as much as possible. LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, is considered the “bad cholesterol”. Pequi helps to reduce bad cholesterol and get your cholesterol levels back to a healthy ratio.
6. Helps To Improve Vision
It’s only natural that with age, our vision becomes less focused and a little more blurry. Luckily, since pequi is rich with vitamin A, a key micronutrient for healthy vision, consuming this oil would greatly improve your eyesight. A little goes a long way and with improved vision, your quality of life would increase dramatically.
7. Relieves Joint And Muscle Pain
There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with achy joints. Perhaps it’s just the general decline as you age or maybe you’re an athlete that needs to take some precautionary measures; either way, if you consume this oil/fruit, you would feel a marked difference in how your joints feel. This is also a great supplement to ingest after a particularly growling workout. Because pequi has inflammatory properties, you won’t feel as sore after your workouts.
8. Improves Digestion
You may not think of it often, but a healthy digestive system is crucial when maintaining your overall health. Because pequi is high in fiber, it would greatly improve how your digestive system operates. If you suffer from bloating, diarrhea, constipation or even cramps, this oil would surely make those symptoms, if not disappear, then greatly reduce them. Fiber is also key in removing LDL from your system, so you are subsequently improving your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and your overall health.
9. Helps Heal Wounds
As mentioned before, this oil is great for keeping the skin healthy, vibrant and moisturized because of the fatty acids it boasts. It’s also for this reason that it can help heal wounds quicker. When applied twice a day, you would notice a huge difference in how quickly your wounds and/or cuts heal up.
10. It Can Be Used As An Antibacterial Ointment
Because of this oil’s numerous antiseptic and antibacterial constituents, it is effective in inhibiting numerous harmful bacteria or microbes. So it’s no surprise that people can use pequi oil to make soap!
11. It Can Be Used As A Massage Oil
We’re not at all surprised that pequi oil would be an effective massage oil. Between what it can do for your joints, your skin and any blemishes you may have, this would be the go-to for when you are planning on having a massage.
12. It Can Be Used For Aromatherapy
Never underestimate the power of smell. We don’t often think about how the smells around us affect our moods, right? Luckily, pequi oil has a very soothing, calming smell. So when you are stressed, this is a great way to calm the nerves. Not everyone like incense or candles. This is a wonderful substitute.
13. It Can Be Used As A Cooking Oil
It’s not shocking that many would use this as an oil base in their recipes. Because of its numerous beneficial effects, why wouldn’t you use it on a daily basis with your food? When you use pequi oil as your cooking oil, you are inadvertently improving the health of your family as well, and that’s just a good day for everyone!
14. It Can Be Used In Cosmetics
It’s gentle enough so that you can combine this oil with your cosmetics. Manufacturers add this oil to soaps, creams, hair products, and nail products.
15. It Helps Prevent Arthritis
As mentioned before, using this oil would greatly improve your joint and muscle health. Because it reduces the stress in the blood vessels, it is great for treating arthritis and even preventing it from occurring.
16. It Improves The Respiratory System
Whether you have a sore throat, asthma or something really crippling like bronchitis, taking this oil a few times a day would greatly improve your respiratory system. Not only that, but the pulp found in this fruit has been used to effectively treat the common cold.
17. It’s Organic!
The pequi fruit is actually native to Brazil! And while it’s not readily available outside of that area, it is a dime-a-dozen when you visit Brazil, as common as apples and bananas to us! But it’s popularity is spreading, due to all the reasons we just discussed above!
Word Of Caution
Ensure you properly scrape off the sharp spines on the outside of the seed/pulp before eating this fruit.
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