Cupuacu supplement and fruit information (Theobroma grandiflorum)
January 1 2017 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Cupuacu fruit grows in the Amazon rainforest and consumed by native people and animals alike for thousands of years. Cupuaçu is a tropical tree related to cocoa. Cupuacu trees usually range from 5 to 15 meters (16 to 50 feet) in height. The brown fruits ripen in the rainy season, are oblong in shape, and are about the size of a melon. The white fruit pulp has a unique fragrance and a creamy-exotic flavor. Cupuacu beans can be used as a a good substitute for cocoa because they contain a similar antioxidant profile, but without the caffeine. See a list of Amazon herbs.
   The botanical name for cupuacu is Theobroma grandiflorum.

Health benefits of cupuacu fruit, what is it good for?
Capuacu fruit is rich in antioxidants. Its traditional use is by women who experience difficult births and labor pains. Used as a stimulant, it increases energy and stamina. A search on Medline in 2015 did not reveal any human or animal studies conducted with capuacu fruit or extract.

Where to purchase
Cupuacu supplement is available at Advance Physician Formulas

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Nutrients in cupuacu fruit, beneficial substances
Cupuacu fruit is high in vitamin C and polyphenols, including a unique type of polyphenols called theograndins. In South America, cupuacu is used to make ice cream, juice, and various sweets.

Volatile compounds in capuacu fruit
Ethyl butyrate, hexanoate, 3-methylbutanal, dimethylsulfide, dimethyldisulfide, beta-linalool and several alkylpyrazines are the major volatile compounds in this Amazonian fruit.

Caffeine and theobromine in cupuacu
The amounts of theobromine and caffeine found in cupuacu seed are much less than those from cacao seed.

J Chromatogr Sci. 2007. Determination of theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine in by-products of cupuacu and cacao seeds by high-performance liquid chromatography. Theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine are determined simultaneously by a rapid and selective reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method with UV detection in by-products of cupuacu and cacao seeds. The determination is carried out in the raw and roasted ground cupuacu seeds and in the corresponding powders obtained after pressure treatment. The amounts of theobromine and caffeine found in all the cupuacu samples are one or more orders of magnitude lower than those from cacao. Theophylline is found in all cacao samples except for the roasted ground paste, and it is only found in the roasted ground paste in the cupuacu samples.

Raw material supplier
NP Nutra has products including juice powder and puree.