¿Qué es la mashua negra?

What is black mashua?

The black mashua is an Andean tuber from Peru , very similar to the potato and the goose, which provides great pharmaceutical and healing properties to the human body. According to studies, this Food with protein , carbohydrate and anthocyanin is anti-cancer, and is capable of treating colon, skin and prostate cancer. Cultivated since the pre-Inca culture, this food grows in greater quantities in the heights of the Yanacancha district, in the province of Junín.

Considered the tuber that is worth gold, mashua provides between 9,000 and 10,000 units of antioxidants, keeping cells young, also contributing to the reduction of inflammation in the kidneys. Some doctors recommend its consumption, since it is a very healthy food, clearly accompanied by an exercise routine.

The black mashua grows in higher altitudes, to grow it the use of pesticides or fertilizers is not required. This food is capable of repelling parasites and/or insects, in addition to supporting growing in frost. Planting generally takes seven or eight months.


Statistics mention that approximately 80% of men could suffer from prostate cancer, with good nutrition being one of the main weapons to prevent it. Within the range of products that can be useful for taking care of your health and avoiding these types of diseases is one whose prestige is beginning to grow thanks to its properties: the black mashua, a tuber that stands out for its high percentage of anthocyanin, known for be a powerful antioxidant.

According to consumers of natural medicine, this Andean tuber, considered the anti-cancer black gold, could help eliminate kidney stones, anemia and prostate ailments. In addition, it is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin C and fiber, which would allow it to be a powerful protection against bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus and Candida albicans.

The black mashua can be found at organic fairs and is usually consumed cooked or sautéed, in purees, fried foods, soups and even in desserts , thanks to its pleasant flavor similar to that of chicha morada.


It is no secret that black mashua has high percentages of anthocyanins, but what does it mean? This word is given to the natural blue-purple pigment present in some foods. Its healing power responds mainly to the body's collagen, causing its synthesis, in addition to preventing oxidants from damaging the connective tissue; inflammations and/or allergies.

Anthocyanin can contribute to improving visibility, that is, this compound strengthens ocular and capillary microcirculation. Likewise, another of the attributes it provides is protection of the heart, due to its large amount of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, being very beneficial for those who suffer from cardiovascular problems.

It is also recommended to invigorate the circulation of blood vessels, sneezing due to cold seasons, injuries caused by some physical resistance, visual fatigue due to spending a long time at the computer and vitalizing for the skin, rejuvenating the body's collagen.


Goodbye to allergies: black mashua inhibits the release of histamine, leukotrienes, and inflammatory enzymes. In addition, it allows controlling allergic processes such as asthma, hay fever, mites, among others.

Renew your skin: fibers such as elastin and collagen help improve the skin, keeping it smoother, stronger and more flexible. As the years go by, the fibers of the epidermis decrease, as a result of this action the person's complexion will begin to lose firmness and will be more prone to wrinkles. Consuming black mashua will generate higher levels of collagen and vitamin C, which will renew the skin of those who digest it.

No more pain and inflammation: black mashua prevents inflammatory metabolites, that is, it helps sports injuries. It also facilitates the release of accumulated fluids, reducing pain, swelling and congestion in the human body.

Obtained from: https://peru.info/es-pe/gastronomia/noticias/2/12/la-mashua-negra-y-sus-propiedades-anticencerigenas

Its main compound is water, it has approximately 20% carbohydrates and 15% proteins. But it is also rich in essential amino acids, vitamin C and B, as well as calcium, fiber, iron and a high content of starch and anthocyanins, a type of flavonoids.

According to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), every 100 grams of fresh mashua contains:

  • 52 kcal.
  • 87.4 g of water.
  • 1.5 g of protein.
  • 0.7 g of fat.
  • 0.9 g of fiber.
  • 12 mg of calcium.
  • 1 mg of iron.
  • 12 µg (micrograms) of vitamin A.
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