What are the health benefits of Udara or African star apple? The African star apple (botanically called Chrysophyllum albidum) is commonly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo.
It is also called African cherry. It is delicious and low in calories. It is a power-packed favourite.
At a glance, the African cherry or Udara appears rather small and insignificant in comparison with many other fruits. Yet, experts on nutrition have repeatedly affirmed its uncommon nutritional benefits as well as its efficacy in the prevention and management of diabetes and heart diseases.
This fruit is particularly discussed here because of its high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune system function.
It also functions as an antioxidant. However, as important as Vitamin C is, humans, unlike other animals, cannot make it!
Humans are one of the few mammals unable to manufacture ascorbic acid in their liver. The only way humans can make up for this inborn Vitamin C deficiency is to include foods rich in Vitamin C in their diet.
However, some of the health benefits of the African star apple are itemised below:
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- It is a great source of calcium. This fruit can give you up to 10 percent of your required daily calcium intake. This calcium will help build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
- It is used in herbal medicine. It is often used to treat malaria and yellow fever. The cotyledons on the young seedlings are helpful in treating vaginal infections. This treatment is commonly done in the western part of Nigeria.
- It has a high Vitamin C content. This helps, like earlier discussed, in curing colds and preventing scurvy. Per 100g of this fruit, you can get 25g of Vitamin C.
- It can be used for healing and treatment of wounds such as cuts, sprains etc., especially the leaves, roots and barks as they have healing components.
- It helps with weight loss. The fruit is high in fiber which reduces your appetite and prevents you from eating too much. For people who count their calories, it might be the fruit you have been waiting for. Studies have shown that a serving of Udara (Agbalumo) contains 67 calories, thus making it a good option for people with weight issues as they get fewer calories intake in the process of consuming it.
- The fruit helps in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, thus reducing your chances of getting heart-related diseases.
- It eases digestion, thus preventing bloating and constipation.
- The acidic taste of the fruit is helpful during pregnancy. It prevents the urge to vomit.
- This fruit is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant thus making Udara high in natural antioxidant.
- Antioxidants help prevent the damage to the system caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced in your cells during your own metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury. Intake of foods and drinks that can neutralise these free radicals are highly encouraged, and Udara does just that.
- In some parts of Nigeria, the seed is used to treat skin infection.
- It is used well in folk medicine. The sweet and sour taste of Udara acts as a natural remedy for common issues such as constipation, toothache, sore throat and indigestion.
- Herbal practitioners are also known to use the bark of the tree to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaves are useful for treating wounds, stomach ache and diarrhoea. However, the leaves have been proven to be toxic when taken in excess quantities.
- The roots are used in the treatment of sexual weaknesses, asthma and sterility.
- The bark are used in the treatment of cough and yellow fever.
- The cotyledons on the young seedlings are also helpful in treating vaginal infections.
The season is here again – do not miss out on the numerous benefits this fruit has to offer.
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