When the first nation peoples of the Colombian Amazon had to travel many days to the other side of the rainforest, often all they would carry was a container of Borojó juice.
Indigenous Colombians have revered Borojó for centuries as a energy enhancer, appetite suppressant and libido booster.
Borojó is used to make jugo de amor (love juice) sold around Colombian football stadiums, and is considered a aphrodisiac. It is nicknamed 'nature's Viagra'.
Borojó is originally from the Darien pacific rainforest region of the Colombian Amazon. The word comes from the dialect Borojó citará and means head hanging tree. Borojó is a kind of jungle undergrowth.
Now the rest of the world is discovering this super fruit.
The Third International Congress SIAL network (local agrifood systems) Spain Baenza-October 2006 recognized Borojó among the few natural fruits particularly high in energy.
Nutropical Health Science's studies of Borojó suggest it’s health benefits stem from the combined effects of:
Borojó contains amino acids such as lysine, tyrosine, leucine, and valine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.
Other studies of Borojó have also found considerable antioxidant activity.
Nutropical found Borojó had an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of about 5,400 (μmolTE/100 g), exceeding most fruits and vegetables including Red Wine (3,873). ORAC is the measure of the food's antioxidants, that neutralise free radicals and help prevent cell damage the human body.
Super Unique Antioxidant
Borojó is rich in a unique antioxidant polyphenolic compound that may be partly responsible for the high health benefits attributed to Borojó.
Most natural plants contain a large number of polyphenolic compounds, but it appears that only Borojó contains this one (previously unidentified) polyphenol in a relatively high concentration. This makes it unique in the plant world.
Polyphenols play a critical role in protecting the body's tissues against cellular damage from oxidative stress, and exhibit immune-modulating properties. They are the compounds that give red wine and green tea their antioxidant health promoting powers.
CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, POLYPHENOLIC CONTENT OF BOROJÓ, FEBRUARY 20, 2008
Super Natural Supplement
Covance biotech analysis shows Borojó is rich in the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, including one of the highest levels of phosphorous in fruits.
These macro minerals in Canta Rana Borojó are necessary for maintaining the body's central functions.
Borojó (per 100 g)
CANTA RANA BOROJÓ BROMATOLOGICAL ANALYSIS