Monguba (mangaba): Learn about the benefits of the plant

 Monguba (mangaba): Learn about the benefits of the plant

Lena Fisher

A monguba also called manguba, munguba, mamorana, wild cacao, and maranhão nut, is a common plant in Brazil and is also found in other parts of South America.

Its edible part is the seeds, called chestnuts Due to the large size of the fruit, the nuts are also large and can weigh up to 800 grams.

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Benefits of monguba

You can substitute coffee and chocolate

The monguba nut, also known as the Guiana nut, is much appreciated by the people of the Amazon region, especially for its flavor, which is similar to chocolate. That's why the nut is also called the cocoa nut. Not only that, when roasted, they come close to the flavor of coffee. It can also be used in the form of flour.

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Promotes immunity

The compound most commonly found in the composition of the monguba nut is palmitic acid It is a strong antioxidant and a great source of vitamin A, so it is used as a fortifying food additive or as a supplement, because it favors immunity.

It is also found in palm oil, palm kernel oil, kokum butter, as well as in milk and its derivatives and in meat.

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It is a source of protein

Not only that, nuts are a good source of protein and contain high levels of tryptophan an amino acid that stimulates the release of serotonin Therefore, its properties not only benefit muscular health due to the proteins, but also mental health, thus combating symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

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How to use monguba

  • Its seeds (raw, cooked or fried) can be included in the diet in several ways: preparation of flour, candy recipes, and more
  • In addition, its flowers can be used for home decoration and, according to the feng shui attract prosperity and money and is therefore also called the money tree

Monguba flowers

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.