The caigua is a pleasant, fresh and digestive vegetable, as well as being very economical. It can even be grown in gardens and pots. Many countries today have been interested in the Peruvian caigua due to its qualities to maintain pressure at its level and keep the blood clean.

It is a vegetable from which a very strong juice is extracted and it is being industrialized into flour for export.

Its origin

It is a typical plant from Peru. It grows wild in the mountains and also in places on the coast, such as Lambayeque. The ancient Peruvians knew and used the caigua in their diet and it is even represented in huacos móchicas.

His properties

  • Regulates fat metabolism.
  • Regulates blood sugar.
  • Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood.
  • It is diuretic.

Therapeutic and Traditional Uses:

Caigua is a nutraceutical (food-medicine) that helps keep the body free from many ills and prevents the harmful effects that pollution and the passage of time cause in the body.

  • Ideal for purifying blood treatments.
  • It is antiparasitic.
  • Anti-inflammatory of the urinary tract.
  • Excellent for the treatment of obesity and overweight reduction.

How to use

The caigua was part of the diet of the inhabitants of pre-Hispanic Peru. The Spanish did not give it as much importance as potatoes and tomatoes, other Peruvian products, but it is a treasure for its qualities to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, which make it indispensable in times when obesity is a disease very widespread like hypertension.

When we talk about diets, we do not necessarily mean losing weight or losing weight. A diet is the rations of food that we consume at each meal each day. If it is balanced, it is a source of health, while if it lacks some nutritional elements, it predisposes to various diseases.

How to apply the caigua diet:

  • To reduce bad cholesterol, triglycerides and obesity : The extract is recommended, where the extract of a caigua is consumed on an empty stomach, inter-daily. People with health problems should consult their doctor for the exact dosage.
  • Antioxidant : as a food, add it raw in salads, to take advantage of its qualities, especially if we season it with lemon and iodized salt.
  • To combat intestinal parasites : frequent consumption of the dried and powdered seeds, added to food.
  • Anti-inflammatory and diuretic : pineapple and caigua extract on an empty stomach.


People who suffer from low or high blood pressure and heart or kidney disease should consult their doctor before taking caigua extracts. Only use the seeds contained in the fruit, not those used for planting, as they contain toxic chemicals. Its use is safe in the ways indicated.

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