Top Health Benefit Of African Star Apple
The African Star Apple is a popular fruit commonly found in tropical Africa countries. The botanical name for it is Chrysophyllum albidum.
It is one of the most popular fruit in Nigeria and it is locally called cherry. But in some part of the country, it is called Agbalumo in Yoruba, Udara in Igbo, Otien in Edo and Delta. Its season is between December to April and the health benefit of this fruit is what we can’t really ignore, so here are some of the benefit of the African Star Apple.
1 Rich in vitamin C
It is a common knowledge that almost every fruit is rich in vitamin C, though the vitamin C content may vary. African Star Apple is equally rich in vitamin C; hence that slapping soured taste as you take a bite of it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help in combating the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer. This means that vitamin C protects the cells by neutralizing free radicals in the body. Taking African Star Apple may help in preventing these.
2 Aids In Digestion
The active fiber content which contains mainly carbohydrate helps to keep the digestive system healthy as well helps to overcome constipation and other digestive problems.
It helps in normalizing your bowel movements and aids to get rid of constipation as well as other problems of the digestive system.
3. Help With weight loss
Proper consumption of African Star Apple, helps in weight loss this is because the fruit has low fat and also contains a high amount of dietary fiber which improves satiety. It just the right fruit for those wanting to lose weight.
4. Good During Pregnancy
The African Star Apple has an acidic taste which makes it the ideal fruit for women during pregnancy as it helps prevents them from vomiting, it also helps to treat sore throat, constipation, and indigestion.
5. Natural Anti-oxidant
African Star Apple help to remove damaging oxidizing agent in the body system and keep the immune system healthy.
It can also help in reducing the development of dead cells by removing free radicals.
6. Low Calories
African Star Apple is known for its low calories. One portion of this fruit contains 67 calories making it good for those trying to lose weight. Star apple is rich in fiber which can make you get satiated easily.
7. Can Be Used as Herbal Medicine
The leaves, seeds, and fruits are good herbal medicine for treating various health issues. Cooking of the leaves or bark can be used in treating diarrhea and dysentery. The shell of star apple tree aids in treating yellow fever and malaria.
African Star apple leaves are used in treating skin rash, stomach pain, diarrhea, and stomach pain. The seeds of star apple are also used in preparing ointments for treating skin infections and virginals.
8. High Water Content
African star apple is a fruit that has high water content. Other than that, the fruit is also low in carbohydrate, protein, crude fiber and very low in fat.
According to research, the longer you store African star apple that has been picked, the more nutrients you will get. So, for the next time, make sure that you will try this fruit that full of benefit.
9. Prevention of Heart Disease
Using African star apple is one early way in preventing a heart attack. The results of research conducted by researchers at the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University Ogun State in Nigeria showed that African star apple can be beneficial to the body because it can lower blood sugar and also lower cholesterol that can be the cause of heart disease.
Cautions of African Star Apple
Do not eat too much African star apple. this can cause stomach chills. For those of you who suffering heart disease, make sure you contact your doctor to discuss how much you should consume this fruit.
That’s the health benefit of the popular African Star Apple.
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