The fruit known as “Aguaymanto” or “Golden Berry”, whose scientific name is Physalis peruviana, is a herbaceous plant belonging to the solanaceae family, therefore, it has similar characteristics to potato, tomato and tobacco plants, despite its shrub growth. The aguaymanto, this small fruit, is native to the Andean valleys of Peru; and, depending on the area, it takes a thousand names according to the place: Uchuva, uvilla, Peruvian alquequenje, tomatillo or even wild tomato. This fruit is known since the time of the Incas, however, in Peru it is not given the value it deserves. It has already been growing for some years in Spain and other places in Europe.
Everything we can find out about Aguaymanto (golden berry) is simply amazing, it is incredible that, in this humble fruit, from a wonderful land called Peru, you can find so many health benefits.
I was surfing the Internet, when I came across a page in Portuguese that caught my attention; it is the acientistaagricola.pt portal, in which there is an article entitled: “Physalis: a plant that supports a recovery of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease”, which in Spanish we can understand as: “Physalis: the plant that helps in recovery of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s “. Of course, when reading the title of the post, I absolutely distrust everything; Well, as you know, Parkinson’s Syndrome is a degenerative neuronal disease and that until today does not know a cure, although experimental treatments. So, of course, I can not believe everything that is “written” out there; So, I took on the task of investigating any medical study that I implied to the wonderful Aguaymanto; and, after many hours of reading, what I discovered will surprise you. I will summarize it for you; However, if you want to know more, I recommend you go to my sources.
The Aguaymanto does have medical properties proven by serious studies
I want to start by saying that I could not verify that the Aguaymanto stopped Parkinson’s Syndrome or Alzheimer’s – although I do not lose hope that it could be that way – and I want to start here, precisely because I know the effects of Parkinson’s at first hand; hence my desire to investigate the subject. Parkinson’s Syndrome can change a person’s life, and everyone who has a relative with that medical condition knows what I mean; unfortunately serious studies that corroborate that the Aguaymanto, can, at least, stop its advance, I did not find, although yes several internet pages that affirm it.
We can not believe them, but I think we could start using this fruit, having some hope that its long-term effects are of some relief for the patient from some neuronal disease; however, I must assume that I did not find a medical study that would corroborate this. If you find any share with us.
We will see the proven medical effects and health benefits of Aguaymanto:
Aguaymanto juice significantly reduces cholesterol levels (Tested by medical study)
Although I could not find, that the Aguaymanto can help with the Parkinson’s that was my intention, there are many other people who can benefit from its consumption. A medical study, of 2015, directed by medical researchers: María Esther Daisy Reyes-Beltrán, Chris Katherine Guanilo-Reyes, Miguel Wilfredo Ibáñez-Cárdenas, Carlos Edilberto García-Collao, José Job Idrogo-Alfaro, Juan Jorge Huamán-Saavedra concludes the next:
“It is concluded that the consumption of Physalis peruviana L. juice (aguaymanto) in patients with hypocholesterolemia significantly reduces total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels; and HDL levels and triglycerides do not vary significantly.
The consumption of Physalis peruviana L. (aguaymanto) is recommended for its beneficial effects on health by lowering LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, being of great help in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. In addition, to carry out new studies of the effect of the consumption of this fruit on the lipid profile in patients with hypercholesterolemia, using a greater number of samples, different doses and in the long term to reaffirm its efficacy in the results. “
The medical study in reference is called “Effect of the consumption of Physalis peruviana L. (aguaymanto) on the lipid profile of patients with hypercholesterolemia”; If you want to know more about the technical issues of the study visit the portal by clicking here.
Aguaymanto could stop cancer (more studies are recommended)
As in the previous case, a medical study called: “Cytotoxic activity of Physalis peruviana (aguaymanto) in cell cultures of colorectal adenocarcinoma, prostate and chronic myeloid leukemia” was reviewed. Unfortunately my understanding of this study is limited, because medicine is not found among my fields of professional study, however, we can say with joy that Aguaymanto should continue to be studied, since in the studies carried out it was observed that: “The ethanolic extracts of stems and leaves of Physalis peruviana, showed cytotoxicity against the tumor lines: HT-29, PC-3 and K-562, exceeding in all cases the cisplatin and 5-FU. In addition, the cytotoxic effect of the extracts was lower for the cell line VERO, compared with cisplatin and 5-FU. “.
Did not you understand? I did not either. Let a doctor come to help us. But what I could understand is this part of the conclusions: “The results of the present work are promising and invite further studies on the different antitumor properties of the ethanolic extracts of Physalis peruviana, in order to isolate its active principles and evaluate them in other tumor lines. Also, determine its mechanism of action, and evaluate its great potential as an antineoplastic agent. “, If you did not understand this either, it means that Aguaymanto could prevent the appearance of cancer, and although my understanding about the study is reduced it seems that it could help his healing I invite you dear reader to visit the study website by clicking here.
The Aguaymanto must be part of a state policy of the Ministry of Health and Foreign Trade and Tourism.
With all that I have managed to find out about this bush, of which I have one in my patio; it is clear to me that, ignorance corrodes us more every day and in the end, as good Peruvians, we wait for foreigners to come who do value what has been given to us. Only when a Chilean says that pisco is Chilean is that we appreciate that pisco is Peruvian.
The Aguaymanto has many health properties apart from the two studies I have presented, there are others that indicate that Aguaymanto contributes mainly vitamin C, with a concentration of 11 mg per 100 grams of physalis peruviana. It also provides vitamin A, B1 and B3 and small doses of iron. Its richness in vitamin C and beta-carotene activates the defenses and protects the skin and eyes. 100 grams of this fruit cover 18% of the daily needs of vitamin C and 14% of those of beta-carotene or provitamin A.
Given these evidences, I wonder why they are not part of a state policy of preventive health ?, Why spend on advertising for other matters without importance and not to encourage the consumption of this wonderful Inca fruit? Why are not you sharing this article so that others will find out about this?
The industrialization of this fruit could also be a great opportunity for development of the Andean communities, since this plant “practically does not require care”, is so strong that it grows without help from anyone and gives “hands” full their wonderful fruits in lands that can not be used for the cultivation of anything else, which can be used land not suitable for cultivation of other species, such as hillsides. Of course you have to overcome many problems to industrialize and mechanize your crop, but that’s what engineering is not for?
Knowing its proven medical properties, and knowing that Aguaymanto is causing a sensation in Europe for its flavor and properties, it will be time to see Aguaymanto as a latent commercial opportunity.
On the other hand, it is time that the universities of Cusco, Apurimac and Ayacucho begin to generate more research regarding this fruit and all the opportunities it offers.
Meanwhile the wonders of the Aguaymanto will not be given the value that corresponds to it. And since, I do not lose the hope that I can stop the effects of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, what do we lose ?, we consummate more
Aguaymanto every day. Share this so everyone knows about this wonder of the Andes.