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KFB Know Your Health! Did you know Agbalumo helps fight against Cancer?

For the newbies, the KFB “Know your
health’ column is where we discuss health issues. Today, our favorite columnist Dobby, discusses Agbalumo and its health benefits.

It’s
the season of the African star Apple commonly known as agbalumo
“Yoruba”, Udala/Udara “Igbo” or cherry in Nigeria. On my recent visit to
the local market, i noticed a crowd selecting fresh udara fruits from
baskets and i couldn’t help but join in the fenzy. To me, a large crowd
simply meant the fruits were ripe and sweet. The vendors also don’t
waste time in trying to lure you into buying as they usually give out
free fruit samples to prospective buyers once you come around. Back in
the day, i remember using the seeds for local games like Ayo or suwe. My
friends and i also used to chew the flesh and fruit so hard, it turned
to gum…sweet memories of the good old days πŸ™
Botanically, it’s called chrysophyllum albidum.
The fruit is mostly cultivated in the rural areas and is very common
during the months of December to April. It has a bright orange/brown
color with edible skin & dark brown seeds covered with creamy pulp
which is usually eaten up. The unripe udara is sour while the ripe fruit
is usually very sweet. The sweet fruits are not usually harvested from
the trees, but left to drop naturally to the ground where they are
picked. The fruit is mostly found in African countries such as Nigeria,
Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire, Uganda,Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Health Benefits:::

The african star apple is said to contain more vitamins A & C than
orange and guava, the fruit is also rich in calcium with each serving
providing up to 10 per cent of the recommended daily allowance , iron
potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannin, flavonoids, terpenoids, and
phytochemicals.
– According to research, the
African star apple is said to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and
could be useful in preventing and treating heart diseases.
– In traditional medicine, the roots, barks and leaves of chrysophyllum albidum
have been employed in the treatment of diseases. The bark is used for
the treatment of yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf is used as an
emollient and for the treatment of skin eruption, stomach ache and
diarrhoea.
-The fruit is known to have anti-oxidant properties that help fight against cancer.

Ciao πŸ™‚

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