Indeed the Possessor of heaven and earth has given us so much for our bodily edification. One cannot but wonder at the emergence of this edible fruit and myriad of advantages following its consumption. You obviously, might have seen or even eaten this fruit for pleasure without knowing the core ingredients inherent in this fruit and how they can be of great help to the body. The multiple benefits traced to the consumption of this exotic fruit cannot be exhausted.
In case you are wondering the particular fruit l am writing about, it is no other than the eatworthy mango-like nuts known as Bush or Wild Mango. It can also be called African Mango in English. Scientifically, it is known as "Arvingia Gabonensis". The Hausas of Nigeria call it "Goron Biri" , the Yorubas call it "Apon" while the Igbos call it "Ugiri". Other tribes and nations definitely have names attached to this wonderful fruit. The origin of Wild mango is traced to the African continent, particularly Nigeria, Congo, Angola and others. Its seasons happen to be only two, from April to July and from September to October. It is usually green when it is ripe, the edible mesocarp is bright orange in colour. It has sweet to slightly bitter taste. The fruit is known for its fat. It is also rich in protein with its nuts. When the tree is completely mature, it produces flowers at ten to fifteen years. The production of flowers and fruits vary in accordance to geographic location.
USES: The seed of wild mango when properly grinded can be used for soup/stew making for a tasty flavour called "ogbono soup." The seeds can also act as thickener when grinded for food preparation.
Water extracted from the leaves of the fruit can be boiled and taken as tea for treating spleen infections, intestinal worm especially in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
The leaves are locally used to feed livestock and the wood converted to walking sticks
The stem of this fruit called African mango is also used for mouth cleaning as chewing sticks.
The fruit pulp when processed, is used to prepare black dye for clothes.
Remarkably, African mango is rich in vitamins and minerals, even plant compounds. It is also a real source of fibre. The myriad of merits derivable from the consumption of this fruit is overwhelming. Let us check them out:
A. Every pregnant women needs a good deal of of zinc and other minerals to function effectively. Research has it that African mango hands down a notable proportion of it to pregnant women though it has to be eaten moderately.
B. African mango has been proven to be helpful in getting rid of harmful substances from the body. It cleans the body of waste materials and toxins.
C. Those whose jobs demand high level of energy to carry out their enormous activities, definitely need more intake of this fruit as it dishes out enough energy.
D. The advance in medicine has shown that the consumption of wild mango decreases overall fat in blood known as plasma lipids by conquering cholesterol and increasing levels of beneficial HDL fat. The resultant effect is that high cholesterol is considerably reduced.
E. There is this belief, though it has not been completely confirmed, that taking this fruit aids in killing gluttony, controlling appetite and burning calories, which ultimately results in weight loss. Howbeit, eating this fruit and not monitoring one's diet and lifestyle cannot guarantee the much anticipated weight loss.
F. Taking this fruit for diabetic patients helps in the management of the ailment. It is said to have the ability to reduce sugar levels considerably. Noteworthy is the fact that the supplements derived from this fruit should be avoided by diabetic patients and those booked for surgery.
G. This fruit called bush mango is highly potent that its consumption can shield the heart from heart related diseases.
H. Difficulty in free bowel movement can be very frustrating and discomforting to the body. Take this fruit as it aids digestion and easy release of solid waste from your body. The intake keeps constipation at bay.
I. Scientific research has shown that the fruit incorporates a good proportion of potassium and vitamin for bone strengthening. More intake of this fruit, more solid your bones become.
Other health benefits are, the potency of reducing kidney stones in the body, helping to fight off cancer, protecting the brain and contains antibiotic and antioxidant properties for fighting of diseases and age defying respectively.
Observably, when wild mango is eaten excessively, it can cause headache, insomnia, (sleeplessness) and flatulence.
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