According to Healthline, Africa is blessed with several beneficial fruits and one of them is the African star apple commonly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo. This fruit is delicious yet low in calories which makes it an excellent fruit snack.
From prevention of mouth gum diseases to weight loss and tackling of toothache as well as sore throat, the health benefits of the African star apple goes on and on
The milky juice that comes out of it when squeezed or sucked is not only satisfying like the chewable skin but also overflowing with amazing health benefits.
Medical Benefits Of African Star Apple
Rich In Vitamin-C
The African star apple is one of those fruits with high vitamin content, 100g of Agbalumo fruit contains about 25mg vitamin C. This high vitamin C content makes this fruit an excellent cure for immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, eye diseases, prenatal health problems and even skin wrinkling It is also helpful in maintaining healthy gum, preventing sprue and gum disease.
If you're trying to lose weight and watch your calorie intake, agbalumo might be the fruit you've been waiting for. According to research, a serving of agbalumo contains just 67 calories, which makes it an excellent snack if you're trying to lose weight.
Used in Traditional Medicine
The African star apple has been used in traditional medicine for centuries now to cure common issues like constipation, toothache, sore throat and even indigestion.
Herbal practitioners also use the bark of the tree to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaves are useful for treating wounds, stomachache, and diarrhoea.
Agbalumo plant contains antioxidants that help prevent the damage to the system caused by unstable free radical molecules known to increase due to stress or injury. Intake of foods and drinks that can neutralise these free radicals are highly encouraged, and Agbalumo does just that.
Good for expecting mothers
Pregnant women are often advised to eat Agbalumo because its acidic taste helps to prevent the urge to vomiting during pregnancy.
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